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Friday, November 09, 2007

SWORD 1.0 to facilitate repository deposits

SWORD 1.0 has been released (thanks to Richard Jones and Charles Bailey).  SWORD stands for Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit.

From the original project plan:

...There is currently no standard mechanism for accepting content into repositories, yet there already exists a stable and widely implemented service for harvesting metadata from repositories (OAI-PMH...). This project will implement a similarly open protocol or specification for deposit....

This project aims to develop...a lightweight deposit protocol that will be implemented as a simple web service within EPrints, DSpace, Fedora and IntraLibrary and tested against a prototype ‘smart deposit’ tool....

For background, see my post on SWORD's launch in April 2007.