Aims of dissemination within the Open Archives Forum project
- To encourage and support collaboration between implementations
- To disseminate information about European open archives implementations
and raise awareness of issues of deployment in Europe
- To ensure good communication between initiatives in Europe and OAI in
US and beyond
Open Archives Forum web site
A project web site has been established at the beginning of the project to
disseminate the objectives of the project and to publicise emerging information,
including workshop proceedings. All reports and public outputs of the project
are available on the web site. Reviews produced within this and other Work
Packages form the basis of an integrated information resource, giving in depth
background information and featuring news from Europe and beyond. The project
encouraged related projects to place relevant information on the web site and
to link to items of interest elsewhere. The project investigated the feasibility
of mirroring the US OAI web site.
Introductory review of open archive activity in Europe to feed into Workshop1
There is a need to define the basic concepts within the OAI framework, and to
facilitate sharing information between the spectrum of OAI based activity in
Europe. This also contributes to the international collaboration between
services based on OAI whether these are metadata sharing or open archives. The
project provided a common vocabulary within OAI Europe by disseminating the
history and background to such concepts as harvesting, acceptable use, rights,
ownership, identifier resolution, metadata sharing.
A dissemination plan has been drawn up and agreed between project partners.
This includes informing the stakeholder communities of relevant issues,
publicising outcomes of the project, and sharing information made available
by other projects. This has been done via e-mail lists, printed newsletters and
other community specific publications. A public project mailing
list has been set up.
Improved global communication and cooperation among open archive implementers
An exchange channel with the OAI in US that permits continuous monitoring of
its progress has been established. An Open Archives Forum project representative
participated in the OAI-organised workshops and other selected meetings both in
the US and in Europe, and members of the OAI steering committee have been
invited to Open Archives Forum workshops. Regular reporting has been made
back to the cluster.
A model for sustainability of the Open Archive Forum or a successor service
The need for European concertation in the area of open archives will continue
beyond the term of this project, whether through the continuation of the Open
Archives Forum, or by some other means. Therefore the options for a sustainable
open archives information and communication support service has been considered
and recommendations has been made. A draft of this report has been discussed at
the final workshop, with a view to developing an action plan based on a broad
consensus with regard to final recommendations.