COinS (layman's description)
This page is no longer maintained. It was used to create http://journal.code4lib.org/coins Unconsumed COinS from the Code4Lib Journal link to that page.
Example page: http://vlib.mpg.de/sfx-coins.html
Services that consume COinS
- Zotero http://zotero.org
- OpenURL Referrer http://www.openly.com/openurlref/
- LibX Library Browser plugin http://www.libx.org/
- Check for a library OpenURL resolver associated with your IP address at OCLC OpenURL Gateway (for more information about this service see [OCLC URL Resolver http://www.oclc.org/productworks/urlresolver.htm]
- refbase http://refbase.sourceforge.net/
Resources for finding an OpenURL Resolver
OCLC Registry http://www.oclc.org/productworks/urlresolver.htm
http://dev.zotero.org/making_coins has this language: " “COinS” stands for “ContextObject in Span.” “ContextObject” is OpenURL jargon for the part of an OpenURL carrying the bibliographic information - basically, it’s a query string, everything that would follow the ? in a regular URL. And “span” refers here to the HTML tag . It’s the ContextObject that carries the bibliographic information.
The ContextObject is very flexible, and can carry everything from a simple title and author to more obscure things like a Serial Item and Contribution Identifier (SICI).