If you want to auto-populated a form from URL, see this PPT file.
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matt Bernhardt
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2016 8:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Form fill from URL
If you're talking about a URL of the form:
...which then loads a form with "foo" placed in the "title" field and "bar"
placed in the "author" field, then yes - this is something that's relatively easy to do depending on how you're building the form. Your programming language of choice should be able to parse the querystring for fields and their associated values. The same language can then define field values based on those parsed values. It is then up to the user to make any necessary adjustments, and hit the submit button on the form.
Or is your question more about a system that would take a URL of the form:
and then look up that identifier and fill the form with details such as author, etc? In that case, then yes - it would depend on the qualify of the APIs to which you have access. I've never worked with any, but provided they exist (and that you have access), then what you describe is definitely possible.
Do either of these describe what you're thinking of? Or did I completely miss the mark?
On Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 7:58 PM, Teague Allen <[log in to unmask]>
> Hello collective,
> I've been given the opportunity to replace a much-detested PDF form
> used to request cataloging for items by our researchers that are
> published outside our organization. My hope is to create a web form
> that will automatically populate with title, author(s), and
> appropriate citation information if a URL/URI is entered. I imagine
> this can by done with a citation manager API, but would love to hear
> from someone who's already gotten beyond imagination.
> Any insight is very much appreciated,
> Teague Allen
> Librarian III (Metadata)
> RAND Knowledge Services