[OAI-general] mod_oai Project Aims at Optimizing Web Crawling
Wed, 21 Apr 2004 13:01:12 -0400 (EDT)
mod_oai Project Aims at Optimizing Web Crawling
For immediate release April 21, 2004
Norfolk VA & Los Alamos NM - The Computer Science Department of Old
Dominion University and the Research Library of the Los Alamos
National Laboratory announce the launch of the "mod_oai" project.
The aim of the project is to create the mod_oai Apache software
module that will expose content accessible from Apache Web servers
via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
(OAI-PMH). The mod_oai project is generously funded by the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation.
Apache is an open-source Web server that is used by 63% - approximately
27 million - of the Websites in the world. The OAI-PMH is a protocol
to selectively harvest from data repositories. The protocol has
had a considerable impact in the field of digital libraries but it
has yet to be embraced by the general Web community. The mod_oai
project hopes to achieve such broader acceptance by making the
power and efficiency of the OAI-PMH available to Web servers and
Web crawlers. For example, the planned OAI-PMH interface to Apache
Web servers should allow responding to requests to collect all
files added or changed since a specified date, or all files that
are of a specified MIME-type.
The Apache Web server defines an extensible module format that
allows specific functionality to be incorporated directly into the
Web server. The mod_oai project will build such an Apache module
that is able to respond to OAI-PMH requests pertaining to files
made accessible by the Apache server. The mod_oai module will be
developed under the GNU Public License (GPL) and distributed through
sourceforge.net upon completion.
Contact: Michael Nelson <email@example.com> and Herbert Van de Sompel
More information about the mod_oai project can be found at
More information about the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for
Metadata Harvesting can be found at <http://www.openarchives.org/>.
More information about Apache can be found at <http://www.apache.org/>.
More information about the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation can be found
Michael L. Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cs.odu.edu/~mln/
Dept of Computer Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA 23529
+1 757 683 6393 +1 757 683 4900 (f)