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Sunday, May 13, 2007

OA repository for aquatic and marine science

Aquatic commons, IIALD blog, May 10, 2007.  Excerpt:

IAMSLIC (International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers), FAO,and other partners are working towards the establishment of a coordinated 'aquatic commons' - to include a digital repository and harvester for fisheries and marine science.

The proposed model includes an 'open access OAI compliant repository' and a 'thematic harvester' offering federated searching across repositories, IAMSLICís Z39.50 distributed library, the union database of marine serials, and the ASFA database.

According to the FAO, it will "facilitate the exchange of scientific research related to the marine/aquatic environments by providing a searchable, Web-accessible repository for digital documents. [...] The Aquatic Commons is intended to complement institutional repositories and to collaborate with related subject repositories particularly in developing countries....

AVANO is likely to be the official IAMSLIC open access marine and aquatic sciences harvester....