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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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OAIster: a “no dead ends” OAI service provider

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Title:OAIster: a “no dead ends” OAI service provider
Author(s):Kat Hagedorn, (Metadata Harvesting Project Librarian at the University of Michigan and Manager of the OAIster project (, she maintains the OAIster site and is responsible for Bibliographic Class in the Digital Library Production Service, University of Michigan Libraries, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.)
Citation:Kat Hagedorn, (2003) "OAIster: a “no dead ends” OAI service provider", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 21 Iss: 2, pp.170 - 181
Keywords:Archiving, Data collection techniques, Digital libraries
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/07378830310479811 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:OAIster, at the University of Michigan, University Libraries, Digital Library Production Service (DLPS), is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant-funded project designed to test the feasibility of using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to harvest digital object metadata from multiple and varied digital object repositories and develop a service to allow end-users to access that metadata. This article describes in-depth the development of our system to harvest, store, transform the metadata into Digital Library eXtension Service (DLXS) Bibliographic Class format, build indexes and make the metadata searchable through an interface using the XPAT search engine. Results of the testing of our service and statistics on usage are reported, as well as the issues that we have encountered during our harvesting and transformation operations. The article closes by discussing the future improvements and potential of OAIster and the OAI-PMH protocol.

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