June 19, 2006. Extensity announced today the general availability of version 2.0 of its Vlink OpenURL Resolver. Vlink, a member of Extensity's Vubis Smart product suite, enables the creation of dynamic and context-sensitive links on the basis of a wide-array of library definable parameters and settings.
Vlink 2.0 includes a simplified installation procedure, improved administration possibilities, new statistical reporting options and support for "context topics". Version 2.0 supports the OPEN URL NISO-standard Z39.88 (version 0.1, 1.0 KEV and hybrid).
With Vlink version 2.0, Extensity improves the installation procedure by removing the dependence on Java applets from the Web-based administration module. To increase the quality and relevancy of the links, Vlink 2.0 also introduces a new concept called "context topics", which utilizes information from the metadata (such as bibliographic fields) to much greater effect. Examples include links to specific subjects (according to keywords or codes) and authors, as well as links that are generated on the basis of publication language, material type etc. "Context topics", which are not part of the OpenURL standard, provide the user with better links and, consequently, a significantly enhanced experience.
In addition, Vlink 2.0 includes support for eBooks as an OpenURL genre and has been enabled for use by consortia. The system also tracks the number of times that Vlink has been activated, the targets which have been followed, usage of options on the screen, as well as the type of browsers used.
The following libraries have installed Vlink 2.0: The Free University in Brussels, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, Cerestar R&D Centre, Geel Public Library and Turnhout Public Library (all in Belgium), the Technical University in Eindhoven (Netherlands) and the University of Nairobi (Kenia).
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