The OAIster ® database at a glance
The records of the open access digital resources available via OAIster lead to a wide range of materials and include:
- Digitized (scanned) books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts and more
- Digital text
- Audio files (wav, mp3)
- Video files (mp4, QuickTime)
- Photographic images (jpeg, tiff, gif)
- Data sets (downloadable statistical information)
- Theses and research papers
History of OAIster
OAIster began at the University of Michigan in 2002 funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and with the purpose of establishing a retrieval service for publicly available digital library resources provided by the research library community. During its tenure at the University of Michigan, OAIster grew to become one of the largest aggregations of records pointing to open access collections in the world.
In 2009, OCLC formed a partnership with the University of Michigan to provide continued access to open access collections aggregated in OAIster. Since OCLC began managing OAIster, it has grown to include over 25 million records contributed by over 1,100 organizations. OCLC is evolving OAIster to a model of self-service contribution for all open access digital repositories to ensure the long-term sustainability of this rich collection of open access materials.