On behalf of the DNER and CURL, UKOLN is co-ordinating a one day Open Archives event on Wednesday 11th July which will take place in London at the Institute of Mechanical Engineersat No. 1 Birdcage Walk, London
This event will provide background to open archive activity currently taking place in the UK and beyond, and will consider implications for the HE and FE sectors in the UK. The focus of the event is for institutions to help set an agenda and contribute to shaping future open archive activity in the UK. The DNER wishes to raise awareness of open archive activity currently taking place and consult with the community regarding any future support that is required. The event will aim to identify key issues from an institutional viewpoint, looking at the dual roles of metadata provider and service provider.
Initial work undertaken by the e-print community to ensure interoperability between e-print archives has been taken forward by the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) in a wider context. The OAI is concerned with opening access to a range of digital material by providing an interoperable framework for metadata and service provision. The Open Archives Initiative is intent on exploring and developing an interoperable technological framework to support this activity thereby opening up access to a range of digital materials.. At present the first step has been taken with the provision of the Open Archive Metadata Protocol which enables organisations to 'declare' metadata and service providers to 'harvest' that metadata..
There is significant potential for re-using the pattern of service provision initially developed by the e-print community, in a wider context to include provision of data by a range of organisations, whether at the level of individual authors, departments, or institutions. In addition libraries and publishers may want to consider their role in the OAI interoperability framework. The DNER and CURL have an interest in exploring the benefits of the open archives approach as a low cost means to disseminate content now 'hidden' in learning and research institutions
This meeting is for individuals who have an interest in the future of open archives. The event will aim for about 80-100 attendees.
The workshop is being funded by the DNER. Meals and refreshment during the workshop are covered, attendees are responsible for their own travel costs.
The workshop programme is currently in draft format and can be seen at Workshop Programme