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Open Harvester Systems 2.3.0 Released

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH on May 11th, 2010

The Public Knowledge Project has released Open Harvester Systems 2.3.0.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This is a major rewrite of numerous parts of the Harvester code, including metadata storage and indexing. It increases indexing flexibility to support plugin-based indexing, including Lucene/SOLR support. It also adds OAI Data Provider support, including the potential to convert between metadata formats (currently from various formats into Dublin Core).

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    OCLC Makes New OAIster Interfaces Available

    Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH, OCLC on February 1st, 2010

    OCLC has made basic and advanced OAIster search interfaces available. Access is free.

    OAIster is a database of over 23 million records from OAI-PMH-compliant digital repositories, which was originally developed by the University of Michigan Library. Initially, OCLC made OAIster available only as part of WorldCat and as a FirstSearch database (these access points remain). (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)

    Read more about it at "OCLC Makes OAIster Records Available through WorldCat.org," "OCLC makes OAIster Records Available through WorldCat.org to Ensure Long-Term Public Access to Digital Resources," and "University of Michigan and OCLC Form Partnership to Ensure Long-Term Access to OAIster Database."

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      OAI-PMH: MOAI 1.0.7 Released

      Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH, Open Source Software on November 17th, 2009

      Infrae has released MOAI 1.0.7, a standalone OAI-PMH server that can “can be used in combination with any repository software that comes with an OAI feed.”

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      MOAI is a platform for aggregating content from different sources, and publishing it through the Open Archive Initiatives protocol for metadata harvesting. It's been built for academic institutional repositories dealing with relational metadata and asset files. . . .

      More specifically MOAI has the ability to:

      • Harvest data from different kinds of sources
      • Serve many OAI feeds from one MOAI server, each with their own configuration
      • Turn metadata values into OAI sets on the fly, creating new collections
      • Use OAI sets to filter records shown in a feed, configurable for each feed
      • Work easily with relational data (e.g. if an author changes, the publication should also change)
      • Simple and robust authentication through integration with the Apache webserver
      • Serve assets via Apache while still using configurable authentication rules
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        OCLC to Offer Free OAIster-Only Database View in 2010 to Complement Integrated WorldCat Access

        Posted in OAI-PMH, OCLC, Open Access on November 1st, 2009

        The transfer of the OAIster database to OCLC's WorldCat is now complete, and OCLC will offer a free OAIster-only database view in 2010 to complement integrated WorldCat Access.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        The University of Michigan and OCLC today announced that they have successfully transitioned the OAIster database to OCLC to ensure continued public access to open-archive collections, and to expand the visibility of these collections to millions of information seekers through OCLC services.

        OAIster records are now fully accessible through WorldCat.org, and will be included in WorldCat.org search results along with records from thousands of libraries worldwide that add their holdings to WorldCat. OCLC plans to release a freely accessible, discrete view of the OAIster records in January 2010 through a URL specific to OAIster. OAIster records will also continue to be available on the OCLC FirstSearch service to Base Package subscribers, providing another valuable access point for this rich database and a complement to other FirstSearch databases. OCLC will continue to develop and enhance access to open archive content.

        "Adding records for open archive collections is a natural complement to WorldCat and will drive discovery and access of these collections for a broader community of scholars," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "OCLC is committed to building on the success of OAIster by identifying open archive collections of interest to researchers and libraries, and ensuring that open archive collections will be freely discoverable and accessible to information seekers worldwide."

        "Integration of OAIster inside WorldCat.org is the result of many years of looking for a better home for OAIster, where its resources can be searched alongside other valuable, scholarly resources," said Kat Hagedorn, OAIster/Metadata Harvesting Librarian at the University of Michigan. "I am eagerly looking forward to its increased usefulness in the world of search and discovery."

        OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources hosted at the University of Michigan since 2002. Launched with grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, OAIster was developed to test the feasibility of building a portal to open archive collections using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). OAIster has grown to become one of the world's largest aggregations of records pointing to open archive collections with more than 23 million records contributed by over 1,100 organizations worldwide.

        "The University of Michigan approached OCLC about managing future operations for the OAIster project to ensure its long-term viability," said John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian, University of Michigan Library, when the partnership was announced earlier this year. "OCLC plays a pivotal role in the business of metadata creation and distribution. Situating OAIster with OCLC helps to create an increasingly comprehensive discovery resource for users."

        OCLC plans to release a freely accessible, discrete view of the OAIster database in 2010 that will be updated regularly. This will allow WorldCat.org searchers to view only items harvested through OAIster.

        "OCLC has been very responsive to issues and needs brought up by the OAI community," said Ms. Hagedorn. "The creation of a free, separately accessible view of OAIster within OCLC is an example of their recognition of the value of OAIster in the world of metadata management."

        Now that all OAIster records are accessible through WorldCat.org, the oaister.org Web site has been redirected to a new OAIster Web site at OCLC. For more information, visit the new OAIster Web site.

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          OAI-PMH: MOAI 1.0.6 Released

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH, Open Source Software on August 17th, 2009

          MOAI 1.0.6 has been released.

          Here's an excerpt from the MOAI Web page:

          MOAI has some interesting features not found in most OAI servers. Besides serving OAI, it can also harvest OAI. This makes it possible for MOAI to work as a pipe, where the OAI data can be reconfigured, cached, and enriched while it passes through the MOAI processing.

          More specifically MOAI has the ability to:

          • Harvest data from different kinds of sources
          • Serve many OAI feeds from one MOAI server, each with their own configuration
          • Turn metadata values into OAI sets on the fly, creating new collections
          • Use OAI sets to filter records shown in a feed, configurable for each feed
          • Work easily with relational data (e.g. if an author changes, the publication should also change)
          • Simple and robust authentication through integration with the Apache webserver
          • Serve assets via Apache while still using configurable authentication rules
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            OAI-PMH: MOAI Server 1.0 Released

            Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH, Open Source Software on May 5th, 2009

            Infrae has released the MOAI Server 1.0, an open source OAI-PMH application.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            MOAI is an open access server platform for institutional repositories. The server aggregates content from disparate sources, transforms it, stores it in a database, and (re)publishes the content, in one or many OAI feeds. Each feed has its own configuration.

            The server has a flexible system for combining records into sets and uses these sets in the feed configuration. MOAI also comes with a simple yet flexible authentication scheme that can easily be customized. Besides providing authentication for the feeds, the authentication also controls access to the assets.

            MOAI is a standalone system that can be used in combination with any repository software that comes with an OAI feed such as Fedora Commons, EPrints or DSpace. It can also be used directly with an SQL database or just a folder of XML file. . . .

            MOAI has the ability to:

            • Harvest data from different kinds of sources
            • Serve many OAI feeds from one MOAI Server, each with their own configuration
            • Turn metadata values into OAI sets on the fly, creating new collections
            • Use OAI sets to filter records shown in a feed, configurable for each feed
            • Work easily with relational data (e.g. if an author changes, the publication should also change)
            • Provide simple and robust authentication through integration with the Apache webserver
            • Serve assets through Apache while still using configurable authentication rules

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              OCLC Research Releases Data Exchange Software for Museums

              Posted in Museums, OAI-PMH, OCLC on April 12th, 2009

              With support from a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, OCLC Research has released data exchange software for museums.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              COBOAT software is now available under a fee-free license for the purpose of publishing a CDWA Lite repository of collections information. It is a metadata publishing tool developed by Cognitive Applications Inc. (Cogapp) that transfers information between databases (such as collections management systems) and different formats. As configured for this project, COBOAT allows museums to extract standards-based records in the Categories for the Descriptions of Works of Art (CDWA) Lite XML data format out of Gallery Systems TMS, a leading collection management system in the museum industry. Configuration files allow COBOAT to be adjusted for extraction from different vendor-based or homegrown database systems, or locally divergent implementations of the same collections management systems.

              OAICat Museum 1.0, an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) data content provider supporting CDWA Lite XML, is also available. It allows museums to share the data extracted with COBOAT using OAI-PMH.

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                eXtensible Catalog (XC) OAI Toolkit Released

                Posted in Digital Repositories, ILS, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH on March 29th, 2009

                The eXtensible Catalog project has released the eXtensible Catalog (XC) OAI Toolkit.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The OAI Toolkit is used to make data stored in an institution's ILS or other repository available for harvesting via OAI-PMH, including other eXtensible Catalog applications. For an ILS, this is accomplished by exporting ILS metadata, converting it from MARC to MARCXML, and loading it into an OAI-PMH compliant repository. The repository (embedded in the OAI Toolkit) makes the data available for harvesting by other XC components.

                The OAI Toolkit can be used as part of the XC system, or on its own to enable OAI-PMH harvestability of an existing repository. It is a server application written in Java and is only needed for ILS's and other repositories that do not already have the ability to be act as OAI-PMH Repositories (OAI Servers).

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