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The Open Archives Forum Workshop Series

  1. To organise four workshops with a focus on the open archives approach which will be targeted at identified stakeholders in the information, software development and publishing communities
  2. To provide structured input for these workshops drawn on the outputs of other work packages
  3. Within the workshop series to provide a forum for exchange of information between European initiatives and the international community.

Workshop materials packages

To integrate outputs from other work packages in an appropriate format to provide the basis for workshops.

Workshop reports published on the web site; more
Feedback from the workshops to set agenda for further analysis

The project defined a plan for four workshops over two years. Over time the project has been responding to the needs of the community, and content and target audience have been more closely defined. This involved prioritising issues and ensuring input from key implementations. Workshops covered the range of issues encompassed by the project, the project stimulated feedback by presenting an analytical review of the added value provided by the open archives approach. The workshops have provided a forum for the exchange of experience between all European initiatives (whether EC , nationally and commercially funded) - disseminate information on exemplar systems - set priorities for exploitation within communities of interest - provide forum for international exchange of experience. The workshops have been held in Italy (Pisa, May 2002), in Portugal (Lisbon, December 2002), in Germany (Berlin, March 2003), and in UK (Bath, September 2003).

Series of domain specific perspectives on open archives more

To broaden the debate for each workshop a review of the potential of OAI (and the issues arising) had been commissioned from a domain-specific expert.

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The Open Archives Forum (OAF) is an IST– Accompanying Measures project (IST- 2001-320015).
The partners of OAF are: University of Bath-UKOLN (United Kingdom), Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie della Informazione-CNR (Italy) and Computer- and Media Service (Computing Center) of Humboldt University (Germany).

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