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Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest, has announced the availability of a free XML Application Programming Interface (API) for its OpenURL link resolver, 360 Link. This powerful API, like the one available for Serials Solutions’ federated search application 360 Search, allows library staff to completely customize product interfaces and features to local specifications.
Libraries that implement the 360 Link API have complete programmatic control over the application. Development teams can build custom solutions to meet the requirements of local library staff, such as creating new standalone web services using 360 Link code or exploring new methods of interoperability between library applications. The 360 Link XML API can also be used to engineer “mashups” of results data and to present that data in creative ways.
Serials Solutions Product Manager Steve Distasio says, "We created the XML API for 360 Link as part of our ongoing commitment to the interoperability and openness of our services. Libraries using the 360 Link and 360 Search APIs will expose new capabilities and customizations including ‘Web 2.0’-type collaboration that would have not otherwise been possible. The API allows library teams, even groups of libraries, to test and develop their ideas for features with their own resources and on their own timeline.”
The 360 Link and 360 Search XML APIs comply with the leading standards in the library community for search and metadata. The new 360 Link API is available now to all Serials Solutions 360 Link subscribers at no additional charge.
Serials Solutions introduced 360 Link in 2003 and now delivers the link resolver to over 700 clients. To further support client efforts to maximize use of this new free enhancement, Serials Solutions has dedicated developer support to respond to technical questions.
About Serials Solutions
Since introducing the first A-to-Z Title List in 2000, Serials Solutions has been a global leader in the library technology marketplace. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps library staff and patrons find and use electronic content. Today, with over 1,800 clients worldwide, Serials Solutions is the premier vendor of e-resource access and management services (ERAMS), providing a complete and integrated access and management suite designed for libraries of all sizes. The Serials Solutions family of services includes 360 Link OpenURL link resolver, 360 Search federated search service, 360 Resource Manager e-resource management service, 360 MARC Update OPAC updating service, and AMS™ Access & Management Service. At the core of Serials Solutions technology is the industry-leading Serials Solutions knowledgebase, the original and premier collection of e-resource data metadata available. Through its Software as a Service (SaaS) technology model, Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to its client libraries. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest CSA. For more information, please visit ww.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866-SERIALS.
ProQuest combines the strengths of two leading and historic information technology firms: ProQuest Information and Learning and CSA. The company provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world’s scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group.
ProQuest’s vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world’s largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the preeminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest® and CSA Illumina Web-based online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System™, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources. For more information, visit ProQuest and CSA websites.