Today Institute of Physics Publishing, IOPP, announced their implementation of the OpenURL within their Electronic Journals service. The OpenURL is an emerging standard for the transportation of metadata between an Information Resource and a service component such as SFX from Ex Libris.
SFX permits context-sensitive linking among all parts of an electronic collection, including full-text repositories; abstracting, indexing and citation database; on-line catalogues; citations appearing in research articles, e-print systems and other Web resources. SFX provides users with seamless integration of heterogeneous resources, and places the management of this in the hands of the librarian.
The librarian defines the conceptual relationships between different information resources to allow the user to fully exploit the institution`s collection and to link to appropriate services. The IOPP Electronic Journals service is an important resource for researchers, and will effectively serve within the SFX framework both as a source for onward navigation and resource discovery as well as a target for SFX services delivered from other resources.
Terry Hulbert, Marketing Manager, Journals & Electronic Services, IOPP, stated "IOPP has been a leader in offering integration of our services with other Information Resources. IOPP already allow Electronic Journals service subscribers to link to the electronic journals service resources from other environments; and offers many varied forms of linking from these resources to related information. Links from the Electronic Journals service include links to the ArXiv physics preprint server at Los Alamos, links to other publisher sites - both directly and via CrossRef; and links to IOPP`s own INSPEC service. Implementation of the OpenURL now allows us to take a significant step forwards to integrate with localized services, thereby responding to requests from our user community to allow libraries to add customized linking services based on the local resources and environment."
Jenny Walker of the Ex Libris Information Services Division added that "IOPP were quick to see the benefits SFX provides in putting control in the hands of the librarians, allowing them the choice of accessing appropriate content from diverse information sources and the ability to interconnect these as appropriate for their users. The solution provided by IOPP is already in use at the University of Ghent."
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high performance applications for libraries and information centers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution is now in over 530 installations in 41 countries. The newly formed Information Services Division will address the broader aspects of collection management with its initial focus being the further development and deployment of the SFX context-sensitive reference linking solution acquired in February by Ex Libris from Ghent University in Belgium. Ex Libris is a multi-national company with offices located around the world. For more information on SFX and for the OpenURL specification, link to: www.sfxit.com.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) is an international learned society and professional body for the advancement and dissemination of physics, pure and applied, and promotion of physics education. Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), publisher of the Electronic Journals service is a not for profit publisher wholly owned by the Institute of Physics. It is one of the largest and most dynamic publishers of physics information in the world. The publishing activity dates back to 1874 and today the company publishes 40 journals and magazines. For more information about IOP, IOPP and the Electronic Journals service, link to www.iop.org.