Geac announced today that its Vlink product now fully supports Google Scholar, as it has been extended with a new set of capabilities, such as support for the Google Scholar XML API.
The University Library of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Dutch speaking Free University of Brussels) was one of only a few libraries worldwide that took part in the OpenURL pilot. Invited by Google, VUB participated in the beta test program, together with a limited number of libraries (primarily in the US). The pilot, which started in February 2005, was concluded successfully and has since grown into a very useful service that is now available to all interested libraries that can support the Google Scholar XML API.
For libraries that make their e-resources available via a link resolver such as Vlink, Google Scholar is now offering the option to include a link to these resources for the libraries' patrons as a part of the Google Scholar search results. On-campus users at participating institutions will see additional links in Google Scholar search results which facilitate access to their library's resources. Off-campus users are able to select their Vlink via the Scholar Preferences (Institutional Access option). These links lead to the library's servers, which in turn may direct them to the full-text of the article, a printed copy and other relevant links.
There are currently four libraries that use Vlink in Google Scholar: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands), Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven (Belgium) and Cerestar R&D Centre (Belgium).
About Vlink and OpenURL
Vlink is a link generator that is based on the OpenURL NISO standard (versions 0.1 and 1.0), and also offers relevant extensions to that standard, such as sophisticated rules and support for so-called "context-topics". Vlink is a fully integrated module of Vubis Smart, but can also be installed as an add-on to other web enabled catalogues and is a key part of Geac's vision on the importance of powerful data enrichment. Vlink provides context-sensitive and dynamic linking to web-enabled resources such as citation indexes, full-text databases, library catalogues, websites and services such as ILL. The product also comes with an easy to use management tool and a solution for rights and access management.
"OpenURL is an ‘actionable' URL that transports resource metadata. The OpenURL standard is designed to support access from an information resource (source) to library service components (targets). A link resolver parses the elements of an OpenURL and provides the appropriate services that have been identified by the library. A source is generally a bibliographic citation or bibliographic record representing a work that can be used to generate an OpenURL. A target is a resource or service that helps satisfy user's information need."