I suppose this post is just to let that minuscule number of people who follow this blog know about the later add-on to the Australian Faunal Directory. It’s invisible, you see, unless you have a browser plug-in.
I suppose the amazing thing is that they work pretty much as advertised. When you view an AFD page with the plug-in active, you can click the icon (which is configurable, thank God) and be taken to the world cat aggregator, which will cheerfully list the libraries closes to you that list the publication. So, from the AFD page to looking at a physical copy, it’s only a few clicks away. The CSIRO libraries and the various libraries at Australian universities feed data to WorldCat.
I’d like to get feedback from a Mendeley user. I came across this:
As one of the many requested features from our feedback page, Mendeley Web now supports COinS (ContextObjects in Spans). COinS is an open and easy to use specification for publishing OpenURL bibliographic metadata in HTML. On web pages, embedded COinS can be read and processed by applications.
Also Mendeley’s Web Importer can now identify COinS embedded on other websites. This information can then be easily imported into your Mendeley research library. In addition, a COinS section is embedded in each of our article pages. This means that other bookmarklets can extract and process the information from Mendeley’s article pages.
I imagine that this means that you can now point Mendeley at, say, Hydroptila acinacis and it will pull out the references. It’d be nice to hear if it works.
Actually – I’ll twitter it.