The STARGATE project has issued its final report. Here’s a brief summary of the project from the Executive Summary:
STARGATE (Static Repository Gateway and Toolkit) was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is intended to demonstrate the ease of use of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) Static Repository technology, and the potential benefits offered to publishers in making their metadata available in this way This technology offers a simpler method of participating in many information discovery services than creating fully-fledged OAI-compliant repositories. It does this by allowing the infrastructure and technical support required to participate in OAI-based services to be shifted from the data provider (the journal) to a third party and allows a single third party gateway provider to provide intermediation for many data providers (journals).
To support the its work, the project developed tools and supporting documentation, which can be found below:
- Stargate Tools Part 1: Introduction, Key Issues and Relevant Technologies
- Stargate Tools Part 2: Creating Static Repositories, Evaluating This Method, and Case Studies
- The Database Tool and VB Modules
- Stargate Tools Part 3: Issues for Developing the Use of OAI-based Services by the Publishing Community