How to link to BIBSYSx

BIBSYSx consists of a set of extra services from BIBSYS designed to help the user acquire a document found in the search process, for instance by locating the document in a BIBSYS library, or ordering loan or copy from a BIBSYS library.

The BIBSYSx service supports the OpenURL syntax.

This document describes how you may create a link to BIBSYSx, as well as what conditions and requirements must be present when creating links. The key target group is individual service providers with the necessary competence.

How to create the link

A link from a webpage to BIBSYSx must meet the following requirements:

  1. The link must follow standard HTML linking mechanisms based on HTTP GET request.
  2. HTTP request syntax must follow the standard OpenURL version 1.0
  3. OpenURL Base-URL for BIBSYSx is: http://openurl.bibsys.no/openurl
More about OpenURL attributes

Some of the attributes of the OpenURL syntax is commented on here:

ORIGIN-DESCRIPTION

This attribute must be ignored for the time being, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

GLOBAL-IDENTIFIER-ZONE

Within the GLOBAL-IDENTIFIER-ZONE the standard defines four namespaces (GLOBAL-NAMESPACE). They are supported by BIBSYSx in the following way:

Namespace Description
doi BIBSYSx will access the document with this identifier. (doi = Digital Object Identifier)
pmid BIBSYSx will access the PubMed database and retrieve metadata from this database. (pmid = PubMed identifier)
bibcode No support. If only this attribute has been provided, BIBSYSx will be unable to identify the object.
oai No support. If only this attribute has been provided, BIBSYSx will be unable to identify the object.
LOCAL-IDENTIFIER-ZONE

According to the standard, this attribute may only be used when ORIGIN-DESCRIPTION is provided. However, we have also made it possible to use BIBSYSx as part of BIBSYS’ own services. Data entered into this attribute will be interpreted as a BIBSYS object id, if you add the prefix "BIBSYS:".