|Gale Group has announced that it has adopted the SFX OpenURL standard,
a technology that links databases to one another at the document level
regardless of their source. SFX is available in Gale's InfoTrac databases,
which are in use in more than 100 countries.
"SFX is a significant milestone in the evolution of electronic reference
because it addresses a fundamental problem with electronic databases: They
operate independently of each other. A library may have developed a great
research collection using a variety of vendors' databases, but if they
aren't tied to one another, their value is significantly diminished," said
John Barnes, Gale Group's senior vice president of product management.
"SFX allows for comprehensive, integrated electronic solutions."
SFX was created by Ex Libris, a worldwide supplier of software solutions
for libraries and information centers. Using SFX, libraries define the
rules that allow it to create links that integrate their information resources
regardless of their host. SFX links are context-sensitive and configure
based on the institution's e-collection. Context-sensitivity prevents dead
links—users are presented with only those links to information available
within the library's collection.
Source: Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-GALE; http://www.galegroup.com.