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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Making databases OAI-compliant retroactively

F. Jayakanth and three co-authors, Approaches to make CDS/ISIS databases interoperable with OAI-compliant digital libraries, Program: electronic library & information systems, 39, 3 (2005). (Thanks to Charles W. Bailey, Jr.) Only this abstract is free online, at least so far:
Purpose - To make CDS/ISIS databases OAI-compliant. Design/methodology/approach - One of the biggest obstacles for information dissemination to a user community is that many digital libraries or bibliographic databases use heterogeneous technologies that inhibit interoperability. The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) addresses interoperability by using a framework to facilitate the discovery of content stored in distributed archives or bibliographic databases through the use of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Though the OAI-PMH is becoming the de facto standard, many of the legacy databases or bibliographic systems, for various reasons, are not OAI-compliant. CDS/ISIS is one such database system. In this paper, we discuss the static repository (SR) approach to make CDS/ISIS databases OAI-compliant. The records from a CDS/ISIS database are exported onto a file and the exported records are then converted to the SR XML file format. The SR file is made OAI-compliant either by ingesting it into the Kepler Archivelet or through the intermediation of a static repository gateway (SRG). Findings - The SR is a simple approach for making bibliographic records contained in non-OAI-compliant systems, OAI-compliant. Research limitations/implications - The SR approach is meant for records, which are relatively static. If the OAI-compliance is achieved through the SRG, then the number of records contained in a SR file should not exceed 5,000. However, if the SR file is ingested into the Kepler Archivelet, then there is no restriction on the number of records contained in a SR file.