Bloomfield, New Jersey - July 26, 2005 - Openly Informatics, Inc. (www.openly.com) today announced that the latest version of its OpenURL Referrer plugin software now adds OpenURL linking to websites, wikis, blogs, pay-per-view and open access publications through support for the new OpenURL COinS specification (oCOinS.info) .
COinS, short for "ContextObject in Span" is a way for websites to embed bibliographic citation metadata into a web page. Client-side software, such as Openly's OpenURL Referrer plugin, can read the metadata and make links to a user's library. For example, a web page discussing a book or citing a journal article can add title, author and publisher information so that readers of the website can request the book or journal article from their library with one or two clicks.
"COinS is an idea whose time has come." said Openly's President, Eric Hellman. "Embedding metadata into web pages has the potential to completely change our experience of the Internet, enriching and preserving links while at the same time putting libraries back into the foreground of the world's information landscape."
OpenURL Referrer is free and is available under open-source license from Openly's web site at www.openly.com/openurlref.Current users of the plugin, which also supports Google Scholar, can update their software with a single click using the auto-update mechanism.
About Openly Informatics
Openly Informatics, Inc., is the world's leading provider of OEM linking software and services. Openly Informatics software and data can be found hidden inside solutions developed and marketed by the world's leading Integrated Library System Vendors and Information Aggregators. 1Cate (1 Click Access To Everything!) (www.openly.com/1cate), is Openly's standards-based localized linking server that directs users to a library's "appropriate copy". Information on Openly Informatics, Inc. is available at Openly's web-site, www.openly.com