OpenURL resolver

Navigating online resources in search of context specific information can often be a real challenge. As information brokers in today’s dynamic online environment, libraries must provide users with best-in-breed tools to find information anywhere. With V-link, libraries offer their users a structured interface to search and access a variety of information resources and retrieve truly relevant search results.

The V-link OpenURL resolver provides library users seamless access to a range of information resources such as journals, movies, books, audio, etc. The library can define precisely which resources are available and set up parameters such as profiles, resources, syntaxes, genres, rules and more.

V-link Highlights

  • OpenURL resolver.
  • Compliant with NISO OpenURL (versions 0.1, 1.0 KEV and hybrids).
  • Fully transparently integrated in our other products, such as Iguana and V@school.
  • Available as a stand-alone product.
  • Context-sensitive linking to offer links to journals, articles, films, books, audio and other material types (called “genres” in OpenURL terminology).
  • Self-service lookup capability.
  • Searchable A-Z (title, subject and provider) lists for electronic journals and books.
  • Intuitive interface to define resources, profiles, genres and more, including wizards for even greater usage comfort.
  • Automatic statistics generator for electronic resources.
  • Compliant with Z39.50, HTTP, KBart phase II import format, the Open Archive Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), CrossRef, DOI, DOAJ and DOAB.
  • XML API with Google Scholar and Google Scholar Button in Chrome and FireFox.
  • XML API.
  • Responsive design.
  • Including multi-tenancy.
  • Integrated with third-party solutions for rights and access management (EZproxy).
  • Ability to harvest, store and index data from 3rd parties.

Why V-link?

When compared to most link resolvers, V-link has a number of striking benefits.
The availability of an XML API enables integration in both 3rd party tools and other products such as Iguana and V@school. This integration can be fully transparent.

OpenURL resolvers are typically used heavily in academic libraries. Although V-link has its roots in the academic world, there are many live implementations in public libraries and schools, – so outside of the academic environment.

Although V-link is fully standards based, the products extends the OpenURL standard to cater multiple extensions of the standard. A library can add and manage “additional” material types like movies, games and music.

As such, V-link supports a wide range of customization features, not only in its link generation, but also in its interface, which can be adapted easily, using style sheets.

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