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Open Meeting
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany
February 26, 2001

The Open Archives Initiative

The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. The fundamental technological framework and standards that are developing to support this work are, however, independent of the both the type of content offered and the economic mechanisms surrounding that content, and promise to have much broader relevance in opening up access to a range of digital materials. As a result, the Open Archives Initiative is currently an organization and an effort explicitly in transition, and is committed to exploring and enabling this new and broader range of applications. As we gain greater knowledge of the scope of applicability of the underlying technology and standards being developed, and begin to understand the structure and culture of the various adopter communities, we expect that we will have to make continued evolutionary changes to both the mission and organization of the Open Archives Initiative.

More information on the OAI is available at  

Purpose of this Meeting

During the past year, participants in the OAI have been defining and experimenting with an interoperability architecture based on metadata harvesting.  The goal of this architecture is to provide an easy way for data providers to expose their metadata and for service providers to access that metadata and use it as input to value-added services.  

This meeting will mark the European public release of the specifications of this interoperability architecture.  The release represents the fixing of these specifications for a one year period of experimentation. The meeting will include an overview of the organizational and historical context of the Open Archives Initiative, a detailed presentation of the OAI interoperability architecture, presentations by implementers who have worked with or plan to work with protocol, and opportunities to discuss building of communities within the OAI technical framework. A U.S. companion to this meeting is scheduled for Washington, DC on January 23, 2001.  The U.S. meeting is described at

Meeting Details and Logistics


The meeting will be held at:

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Simone Bolivar Room)
Potsdamer Straße 33 (Haus 2)
10785 Berlin

Please refer to the Staatsbibliothek home page for information and directions.

There are two hotels nearby to the Staatsbibliothek:

Preparing for the meeting

Attendees of the meeting might find it helpful to look at the following three documents:

Times and Agenda

The meeting will begin at 10AM and finish by 5PM.  The registration desk will open at 9:30AM.  A preliminary agenda is as follows:

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome (Diann Rusch-Feja, Max Planck Institute)
10:15 - 11:00 Overview of the OAI (Carl Lagoze, Cornell)
11:00 - 11:45 OAI and Scholarly Communication (Paul Ginsparg, Los Alamos)
12:00 - 13:00 Introduction to OAI Technical Infrastructure (Carl Lagoze, Cornell)
13:00 - 14:00  Lunch
14:00 - 16:30

Presentations by alpha-testers and early adopters

* Kurt Maly - Old Dominion University

* Heinrich Stamerjohanns, Thomas Severiens, Eberhard R. Hilf (Institute for Science) & Susanne Dobratz (RZ HU Berlin)

* Jean Yves Le Meur - CERN

* Yohanan Spruch & Tamar Sadeh - Ex Libris Aleph 500

* Andy Powell - UKOLN

* Les Carr -

* Donatella Castella - University of Pisa

* Jeff Young - OCLC

16:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up


There is no cost to attend the meeting.  Lunch will be provided for all attendees.  Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the attendees.


Registration for the meeting is closed as the number of registered participants has reached the limit of 120.


The meeting will be held in English.  Translation facilities will not be available..


Support for the European OAI Open Day comes from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation (DINI).  Support for other Open Archives Initiative activities and work comes from the Digital Library Federation and the Coalition for Networked Information, the National Science Foundation (Grant No. IIS-9817416) and the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (Grant No. N66001-98-1-8908).


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