Library and information portals specialist, Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI), will be demonstrating the latest developments in its OpenURL technology at Online 2002.
Originally demonstrated alongside ZPORTAL at Online 2001, FDI's OpenURL solution has established itself in its own right and is now known as OL2.
With OL2 researchers can dynamically link straight to the full text from citations found using either ZPORTAL or a choice of specialist search tools, such as EBSCO. Whichever start point is used, OL2 linking technology can maximise the value and usage of existing e-journal subscriptions and online databases. OL2 can also link users to books and journals held in the library's catalogue.
Robin Murray, managing director of FDI, adds, "During 2002, FDI's OpenURL solution - OL2 - has really established itself. A growing number of specialist content providers and aggregator services, including EBSCO and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), have recognised the value to their users of linking to full text using OL2 technology."
FDI are committed to offering users with the widest possible access to content, and as a result offer a choice of delivery options. Whilst OL2 provides the links between citations and full text digital content, VDX (Virtual Document eXchange) handles physical and electronic document delivery.
About Fretwell-Downing Informatics
Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI) has a long history of supplying leading-edge information management solutions to over 200 organisations worldwide. FDI operates from its headquarters in the UK with a US subsidiary, Fretwell-Downing Inc., in North America plus additional offices in Australia and Europe. FDI's experience has resulted in a suite of welldesigned solutions including information portals, library management, resource sharing,
document delivery and data publishing. The company's freedom by design philosophy is underpinned by a strong software development team and a commitment to interoperability and open standards – such as NISO Z39.50, Dublin Core. This enables FDI components to be built into a total solution or integrated alongside existing technologies. The company received £3.2m development capital investment from ISIS Capital plc earlier this year to help
fund its global expansion plans. www.fdgroup.com/fdi.