PKP Open Archives Harvester for the veterinarian academic community

Astrid van Wesenbeeck, University Library Utrecht; Martin van Luijt, University Library Utrecht


After good experiences with OJS, Utrecht University Library has chosen for using the PKP Open Archives Harvester for developing a new library service; the open access subject repository. This repository will collect data in this field from relevant academic repositories, using OAI-PMH as the harvest-protocol. In January 2008 we have started a pilot to explore possibilities for this library service. The pilot is limited to one specific subject field and is called "Vet Repository : the open access subject repository for veterinarian sciences & medicine". In this pilot we have investigated the following aspects: - how to target for the right audience - how can we connect to the libraries to get the content for our subject repository; what is the repository landscape for harvesting? (OAI PMH harvesting works well, but there is no quantity and metadata quality is poor) - can we create win-win situations where we cooperate with libraries to improve quantity and quality of their repository by giving their users a useful product that provides an incentive to deposit their work in the repository. - what are the requirements for the user portal and what will be the architecture of the user product? (PKP / metadata filter / autonomy for searching / user interface) In this presentation we wish to focus on the project set up, on the main issues we encountered and on the solutions we have been trying to incorporate.

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