[OAI-implementers] metadata utilities

Joan Smith jsmit at cs.odu.edu
Fri Dec 7 15:45:25 EST 2007

Greetings All -

We are implementing a modification to the Apache OAI-PMH module, 
"mod_oai", which will automatically pass a resource through several 
metadata utilities. We are looking for good utility candidates to 
experiment with. Requirements for a candidate utility include:

1) must have a "command-line" mode (i.e., not a GUI)
2) must be installable on a Linux-OS (Java is OK)
3) must not require interactive-input other than the name of the file to 
be processed
4) output should be either XML, plain text, or HTML (delimited data is 
OK, but no application-dependent output including PDF).

Ideally, the utility will have a very straightforward installation 
process. Jhove and Open Text Summarizer are examples of this. An example 
of a too-hard installation is KEA (Automated Keyphrase Analyzer) because 
the set up requires a "training" process and things like author-defined 
index terms. Our experiment will mimic sites which do not have 
librarians or metadata specialists, but which do have a wide variety of 
file types -- e.g., university departmental web servers.

Currently installed utilites are:

1) Jhove
2) Open Text Summarizer
3) Exif Tool
4) Hashes (MD5, SHA-1, etc.)
5) File Magic
6) [Essence -- maybe; in progress]

We would really like to have a Dublin Core utility, but haven't found a 
working, non-interactive tool yet.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can give me,


Joan A. Smith
Graduate Research Assistant
PhD Candidate
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529

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