Search for Digital Resources
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Description of Our Service
Information for Data Providers
Previous Progress Reports
Progress Report: April 2002
The UNIX version of UIUC's
harvester was shipped to us at the end of February. Installation,
testing and feedback followed. Version 2 of the harvester was complete
and shipped to us the third week of April.
We are currently using the harvester to gather metadata of registered OAI
data providers (through the ListFriends.pl list). At present, we have 39 of the archives harvested and transformed
to our DLXS bibliographic class format.
A short 7-question survey was created and publicized. We received 591 responses.
Results will assist us in providing an appropriate interface and functionality
for our service. View the summary report
of the survey.
Three pages of a draft interface were tested with 9 users. We will use the
results to further refine our interface. Our plan is to make the interface
functional (searching the harvested archives) by the end of June.
Kat Hagedorn presented a project report at the Coalition for Networked
2002 Task Force Meeting in Washington, DC on April 16. View her
presentation (PPT format).
Mike Burek and Kat Hagedorn will both be attending the Digital Library
Forum 2002 in Chicago, IL, May 10-12. Kat will be presenting the
project report there as well, and additionally will host a birds-of-a-feather
discussion on issues surrounding OAI data and service providers.
Report: February 2002
We have familiarized ourselves with the OAI protocol, its specifications,
its uses, who's working in the field, where the work is being done
and how our service could differentiate itself.
Our primary focus for this phase of the project was to contact individuals
who could assist us in providing OAI or non-OAI compliant collections
or lead us towards those who have such collections.
Most individuals have expressed interest in making their collections
OAI compliant. Most are either involved in developing OAI brokers
or have this on their timelines for doing within the next 6 months.
We are in constant communication with UIUC who is building the harvester that we will use to gather the OAI compliant collections. The Java version of the harvester should be available for our use at the end of this month.
Simplified testing of harvesting and transforming has begun. Our work involves
developing XSL transformation scripts to be used to transform a
collection's XML into a format
we can index.
We are also working closely with UIUC to develop user testing methods
and opportunities for educating data providers on the benefits of
has been developed, designed to understand the level of interest
in such a service. Results of this survey should be forthcoming