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SOH: Serials Online Holdings – Version 1.2 (June 2011)

The Serials Online Holdings (SOH) format is designed to convey information about online serial resources from suppliers - such as hosting services, publication access management services, agents or publishers - to end customers in subscribing libraries. Each instance of the format shows the holdings of a particular subscribing organisation or library available via, or known to, the sending party.

Information in SOH exchanges can be used to advise librarians and their user communities on which resources are available, in which formats and from which sources. Details may be directly viewed and available sources compared, using cascading style sheets or other applications. Alternatively, the exchanges may be used to populate resolution servers within the library organisation concerned.

The extent of coverage of each subscribed resource (date or volume/issue ranges) is included in the SOH exchange, as are details of any applicable embargo conditions in place. The format is specifically designed so that resources may be grouped in a flat "A-Z" listing or hierarchically by supplying service.

Inclusion of Coverage Statement: from Version 1.1 onward, the SOH format contains within it the ONIX for Serials Coverage Statement which is an XML structure capable of carrying simple or complex statements of holdings of serial resources. The Coverage Statement is explained in detail on its dedicated webpage.

SOH version 1.2

(Note that the Codelists file must be held in the same folder as the XML Schema)

Previous Release – SOH version 1.1

An XML schema and documentation are available for the previous release of SOH, Version 1.1:

(Note that the Codelists file must be held in the same folder as the XML Schema)

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