COinS (layman's description)

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We would like to create or send people to a page about COinS (for context in COinS span code).

Example page:

Services that consume COinS (for more information about this service see

Resources for finding an OpenURL Resolver

OCLC Registry 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).

The upshot of which is that if you stick COinS in your web page, Zotero can pull all that data out again. "