OCLC Research to Host TAI CHI Webinar on Merritt: A Micro-Services-based Curation Repository, 18 November 2010 at 2 p.m. EST (UTC 19:00)

Merritt is a new, cost-effective curation repository service developed by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL) that empowers users to manage, archive and share valuable digital content.

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Based on the pipeline metaphor, Merritt promotes an aggressive decomposition of function into a granular set of independent but highly interoperable micro-services. Since these services are small and self-contained, they are collectively easier to develop, maintain, and enhance. Although the scope of any given service is narrow, complex global behavior is nevertheless an emergent property of their strategic combination. Micro-services are purposefully designed and implemented as policy neutral and protocol and platform independent components, so they can easily be used to assemble curation environments that are not constrained to conform to an infrastructural monoculture of prepackaged repository solutions.

In this webinar, Stephen Abrams, Patricia Cruse, John Kunze and Perry Willett from UC3 will provide background on the micro-services concept and the growing community of practice that is cohering around the idea, and a technical description and demonstration of the Merritt repository and its services. The repository supports flexible, low- barrier submission via human interfaces and machine APIs; persistent identifier minting, binding, and resolution; a semantically-enabled metadata catalog; and distributed storage sub-domains to facilitate wide-scale replication. Merritt is being used by UC3 to manage the diverse digital collections of the ten campus University of California system and a number of external content partners. It provides contributors and curators with direct control over their content and access to it; facilitates content sharing and reuse; and helps meet the requirements for data sustainability increasingly being required by grant funding agencies. Merritt will soon be made available under an open source license.

Webinar participation is free and open to all but advanced registration is required. Register here* to attend this free webinar via WebEx on 18 November at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC 19:00).

This is the eighth webinar in the OCLC Research Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI) Webinar Series developed to highlight specific innovative applications, often locally developed, that libraries, museums and archives may find effective in their own environments, as well as to teach technical staff new technologies and skills. Recordings of these webinars are made available on the OCLC Research Web site and in iTunes.

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Roy Tennant
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OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research