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Why OpenURL?

Ann Apps and RossMacIntyre

Paper to accompany presentation by Ross MacIntyre at:
STM Innovations Seminar, London, UK, 2 December 2005.

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Abstract
The improvement of access to scholarly literature caused by electronic journal publishing quickly led to the wish for seamless linking to referenced articles. This paper looks at the evolution of linking technologies with a particular focus on OpenURL, now a NISO standard. The implications for stakeholders in the supply chain are explored, including publishers, intermediaries, libraries and readers. The benefits, expectations and business drivers are examined. The paper also highlights some novel, existing and potential future, uses, including increased user-empowerment and moves beyond referencing traditional bibliographic material.

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25 November 2005

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