What is it about?
This article provides a simple overview of the evolution of reference linking technology within scholarly publishing. The practical benefits to various groups within the information community, along with their potential responsiblities, are addressed.
Why is it important?
In 2004, reference linking was a key differentiator in the evaluation of online content. However, many publishers didn't yet support it and were unfamiliar with the buzzwords, unsure of the technologies and overwhelmed by the concepts involved. This article attempted to help people get past those obstacles in order to ensure they and their online services kept pace with expected functionality.
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This page is a summary of: After the goldrush - the golden age of reference linking, Learned Publishing, October 2004, Wiley, DOI: 10.1087/0953151042321653.
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Oh, the places linking will go! a state of the union report
This article, for which I was interviewed and in which I was quoted, preceded the article I then went on to publish myself.
My interest in linking continued and I went on to co-found the KBART initiative to improve the knowledge bases that underpin OpenURL
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