OAI-related activities of OCLC Research featured in Roy Tennant's Library Journal column

A recent Digital Libraries column in Library Journal by Roy Tennant features two projects of OCLC Researcher Jeff Young:  the OAI Viewer, and Extensible Repository Resource Locators (ERRoLs) for OAI Identifiers.

Tennant is manager, eScholarship Web & Services Design, California Digital Library, as well as founder and manager of the electronic discussion lists Web4Lib and Current Cites.  His column focuses on the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), a standard developed within the digital library community for distributing metadata for digital objects.

Although the standard was developed around metadata for papers in e-print repositories, Jeff Young has developed several innovative implementations, including use with an online thesaurus, digital-library usage logs, and the OpenURL registry. These implementations are described in an article in D-Lib Magazine, "Using the OAI-PMH...Differently" (July/August 2003).

Building on these activities, Jeff has also developed the OAI Viewer, which allows users to browse through the metadata of any OAI-compliant repository using available OAI verbs, and ERRoLs, which are URLs to metadata, content, and services related to registered OAI repositories.

More Information

Roy Tennant's article
"The Expanding World of OAI." (InfoTech > Digital Libraries column.) Library Journal, February 15, 2004.
"Using the OAI-PMH...Differently."
by Herbert Van de Sompel, Jeffrey A. Young, and Thomas B. Hickey.  D-Lib Magazine 9,7/8(July/August 2003).
OCLC and the Open Archives Initiative
Jeff Young
Roy Tennant

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Jeff Young
Software Architect
OCLC Research

Bob Bolander
Communications & Programs Manager
OCLC Research