I'm working on a project called TELSTAR (based at the Open University in the UK) which is looking at the integration of resources into an online learning environment (see for the basic project details). The project focuses on the use of References/Citations as the way in which resources are integrated into the teaching material/environment.

We are going to use OpenURL to provide links (where appropriate) from references to full text resources. Clearly for journals, articles, and a number of other formats this is a relatively well understood practice, and implementing this should be relatively straightforward.

However, we also want to use OpenURL even where the reference is to a more straightforward web resource - e.g. a web page such as This is in order to ensure that links provided in the course material are persistent over time. A brief description of what we perceive to be the problem and the way we are tackling it is available on the project blog at (any comments welcome).

What we are considering is the best way to represent a web page (or similar - pdf etc.) in an OpenURL. It looks like we could do something as simple as:


Is this sufficient (and correct)? Should we consider passing fuller metadata? If the latter should we use the existing KEV DC representation, or should we be looking at defining a new metadata format? Any help would be very welcome.



Owen Stephens
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