[OAI-implementers] Open Digital Libraries (ODL)

Hussein Suleman hussein@vt.edu
Tue, 19 Feb 2002 00:15:59 -0500

Announcement: Open Digital Libraries Project

The creation of Open Digital Libraries (ODLs) is the aim of a research 
project at Virginia Tech, investigating the building of digital 
libraries as networks of independent components, with inter-component 
communication based on the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting and 
extensions thereof.

More documentation, online demonstrations and prototype components can 
be found on the project website at:

The current suite of tools available for experimentation include:
  - Harvest, a Perl-based OAI/ODL harvester module
  - DBUnion, to perform aggregation of OAI/ODL archives
  - IRDB, search engine over an arbitrary OAI/ODL archive
  - sample user interface to the IRDB search engine
(Additional components are under development to provide other typical DL 
services such as submission and browsing.)

Common features of the current component suite includes:
  - simplicity: minimal number of external dependencies and no makefiles
  - object-oriented Perl to support extensibility
  - XML Schema for all configuration information
  - single installation, multiple instance model
  - configure.pl to create instances and set/edit parameters

For comments, suggestions, or questions, please email hussein@vt.edu

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