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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

July/August D-Lib

The July/August issue of D-Lib Magazine is now online.  Here are the OA-related articles:

  • Bonnie Wilson, Book Digitization Options for Libraries.  An editorial.
  • Oya Y. Rieger, Select for Success: Key Principles in Assessing Repository Models.  No abstract.  Excerpt:  Many cultural and educational institutions are in the process of selecting or developing repositories to support a wide range of digital curation activities, including content management, submission, ingest, archiving, publishing, discovery, access, and preservation. In addition, there is an increasing emphasis on deploying systems that support content re-purposing and delivery of a wide range of web services. This article offers strategies to match specific institutional requirements with repository system features and functionalities....
  • Leslie Carr and Tim Brody, Size Isn't Everything: Sustainable Repositories as Evidenced by Sustainable Deposit Profiles.  Abstract:   The key to a successful repository is sustained deposits, and the key to sustained deposits is community engagement. This article looks at deposit profiles automatically generated from OAI harvesting information and argues that repositories characterised by occasional large-volume deposits are a sign of a failure to embed in institutional processes. The ideal profile for a successful repository is discussed, and a new service that ranks repositories based on these criteria is implemented.
  • Michael Nelson, OAI-ORE Tackles Problem of Compound Information Objects on the Web.  No abstract.  Excerpt:  The Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) project is the latest interoperability project of the Open Archives Initiative....OAI-ORE plans to do [what OAI-PMH did] for compound objects on the web. Examples of compound information objects could include a scholarly eprint with multiple formats, versions, and data types, or a blog entry with comments, or an uploaded video with a corresponding description page....As humans, we intuitively recognize compound information objects on the web when we see them, but this distinction is not readily available to web crawlers and other automated applications. ORE will provide an unambiguous, extensible method for enumerating, and describing the relationships between the web resources that comprise a compound object.