Three Coins in the OPAC

Inspired by Lorcan Dempsey’s post about Coins in Open WorldCat, I’ve been messing around with adding Coins to our OPAC.

I still need to research the specification in further depth, but it’s been relatively easy to add a prototype to our OPAC. Here’s how it displays in Firefox using the Openly OpenURL Referrer extension:

I’ve configured the extension to link to our SFX server, so clicking on the SFX icon takes me through to our SFX menu:

Obviously there’s little point linking from our OPAC to our own OpenURL resolver — the idea is more that you can configure the exension to point to your preferred resolver.

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6 comments
  1. Berto said:

    Dave, have you tried the new HIP (IP) and/or the new Horizon client for staff? Your opinion?

  2. Hi Berto

    I’ve seen them both demonstrated (at the HUG/DUG UK and CODI conferences), but I’ve not had direct access to them yet.

    The SirsiDynix UK office has yet to release HIP 4 to the UK (and European?) market.

    We’re hoping to be involved in the Corinthian UK beta testing.

    regards
    Dave

  3. Ernie said:

    Hi Dave,
    This comment doesn’t necessarily connect with this blog topic, but I couldn’t not find a general email / contact so…. here it is 🙂

    Anyway, I am a developer for the Stan Getz Library at Berklee College of Music and work with the system admin for the library. We also use Horizon / HIP / whatever the branding currently is.

    In short, the reason for my comment is I’m trying to find how horizon does the keyword query on the backend (in the sql). Essentially, I want to query for both name and title keywords and get all call numbers.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
    -Ernie

  4. Hi Ernie

    Cool – I’m a big fan of West Coast Jazz, especially Chet Baker 🙂

    There’s a couple of ways to can do that:

    1) run the queries against HIP and either screen scrape the output, or (even better) use the XML output and parse it to find the call numbers

    2) query the Horizon DB tables directly (word, bib_word, auth, bib_auth, and maybe call)

    If you’re familiar with Perl, then I’ve been working on some code that converts the HIP XML to a Perl data structure.

    For example, here’s the XML output for name=Chet Baker and title=Paris. If you hunt through, you’ll find the two call numbers “CD 2757” and “CD 856”.

    Hope that helps!
    Dave

  5. Ernie said:

    That’s awesome!
    I had no idea there was a “GetXML” option. Don’t I feel like a dumbass.
    I’ve actually been working on the scraping, but found it really slow, simply because I didn’t know there was an XML output (doh!) and was actually scraping the entire html output. I’m doing it via php. Can follow a lot of the perl syntax, but am not as versed in it.
    I’m a big Tristano fan myself (I’m a piano player .. so.. yeah).
    Anyway.. thanks for the help!!
    -Ernie

  6. Ernie said:

    One last thing… found a little error in the code for your blog.

    Your link for “tips, hacks, & code” has no closing tag so all your links on the rest of the nav bar as the link for “tip, hacks & code”

    -Ernie

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