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Date:   Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:53:34 -0400
Reply-To:   "A discussion listserv for topics surrounding the Open URL NISO standard Z39.88." <[log in to unmask]>
Sender:   "A discussion listserv for topics surrounding the Open URL NISO standard Z39.88." <[log in to unmask]>
From:   "Norman,Phil" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:   Canonical Citation - Final call for comments
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Dear OpenURL listserv subscribers, This is a final call for comments related to the public review and trial period of the Canonical Citation community profile and metadata format. The deadline for receiving comments is Friday, August 5th, 2011. A demonstration of the use of the Canonical Citation can be found at: The submittal includes a community profile: bbrev=z3988review and a metadata format: bbrev=z3988review The links above resolve to public NISO document pages. The pages include descriptive information, a link to the OpenURL registry entry and the ability to add public comments. You are encouraged to post your comments on the NISO document pages. The registry entries are located in the NISO OpenURL registry at The Canonical Citation entries are marked "Trial" in the registry. A complete description of the Canonical Citation by the submitter David Ruddy is available here: bbrev=z3988review The process for submittals is outlined at: We are in Gate 3 in the submittal process for "The Canonical Citation" that entails a public review and Trial Use period. This phase spans three months, starting on May 5th, 2011 and completing on August 5th, 2011. Here are some words from the submitter, David Ruddy of Cornell University regarding the Canonical Citation and the public trial: ________________________________

The proposed OpenURL KEV Metadata Format allows for the description of a "canonical citation," which is a citation to a work, or a passage within a work, that is independent of any specific published edition or translation of the work. While the immediate application of this format is for citations to Classical literature (e.g., "Homer, Iliad, 1:125-130"), it could be applied in other scholarly domains where canonical citations are used.

Canonical citation OpenURLs will support linking capability between a cited passage and various potential services related to that passage, such as multiple electronically accessible versions and/or translations.

A related component of this linking capability will be the specialized knowledge required both for the correct identification of works described in canonical citation OpenURLs, as well as for the construction of links to possible targets. Such knowledge will be domain specific. For Classics, a Classical Works Knowledge Base (CWKB) is being assembled at Cornell. The CWKB will act as a link resolver (or a link resolver mediator, depending on how it is used), accepting incoming canonical citation OpenURLs and either directing users to citations available from full-text providers, or sending an enhanced OpenURL on to a user's local link resolver. For more details about the CWKB, please see

For this public trial of the Canonical Citation Metadata Format, the project team welcomes comments about the potential usefulness or limitations of the proposed format, and/or suggestions for improvement.


Sincerely, Phil Norman OpenURL Maintenance Agency OCLC 6565 Kilgour Place Dublin OH 43017 USA T+1-614-764-4375 1-800-848-5878 F +1-614-718-7211 E [log in to unmask]


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