1st - Pisa |
1st Workshop: 13-14th May 2002 in Pisa
Creating a European Forum on Open Archives Activities
The "open archives" approach is gaining popularity in the scientific, cultural
and learning communities. The technology adopted makes it possible to disseminate
and exploit content that is currently not accessible to the wider public at a
relatively low cost. If the full potential of this approach is fulfilled, it will
have a significant impact on the building of new and more powerful service
The Open Archives Forum (OA-Forum) is a EC 5th Framework Accompanying
Measure for supporting the dissemination of information about European activities
that adopt an open-archives based approach. OA-Forum aims at building a forum
where European and national initiatives that use this approach can share their
experiences and co-ordinate the development of software tools and infrastructures.
Special attention is dedicated to those initiatives which are implementing or
using the Open Archives Initiative Metadata Harvesting Protocol
but the forum is also paying attention to other emerging solutions.
The First OA-Forum Workshop seeks to bring together researchers, technical
implementers and project managers who are experimenting, or are willing to
experiment, with the open archives approach. The goal of the Workshop is:
to set up the basis of a European forum for
and solutions and encouraging networking among projects.
The workshop will consist of both presentations given by invited speakers and
small groups breakout sessions where the participants can discuss key issues,
possibly raised during the workshop itself. Possible topics are:
What communities can benefit from the open archive
approach? Do incentives, technical and organizational challenges, etc.
differ in different communities? Which communities are already implementing
the Open Archive Initiative Metadata Harvesting Protocol or other solutions?
What kinds of services are emerging?
- Definition of the key vocabulary
Can we agree on basic
terminology? What are the main concepts that are used in the open archive
everyday activity? Do these concepts differ for different communities?
Are the definitions of these concepts clear? Can we jointly build a
- Organisational Issues
What lessons about organisational issues,
both barriers to adoption and positive factors, can we learn from early
adopters? Which are the business models adopted? Are there issues related
to subject-based archives as opposed to institutional-based archives? Can
organisations reach consensus on metadata formats?
- Technical issues
Which kind of software tools are needed to
support the open archives approach? What tools are already being used?
Who is developing them? In Europe? Elsewhere? Are they available to other
implementers? Is there an appropriate "Open Source" environment for these
- Building services in an open archive environment
have been learned by early-adopters of the open archives approach in the
context of service provision? Can we extend openness to services? How can
this be supported? Which kind of organizational and technical infrastructures
are needed to facilitate this development?
The discussions and results of the Workshop will be summarised in a Workshop
report that will be published on the OA-Forum Website.
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