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Approaches to make CDS/ISIS databases interoperable with OAI‐compliant digital libraries

F. Jayakanth (Computer Science Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
K. Maly (Computer Science Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
M. Zubair (Computer Science Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
L. Aswath (Department of Library and Information Science, Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 1 September 2005

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Abstract

Purpose

To make CDS/ISIS databases OAI‐compliant.

Design/methodology/approach

One of the biggest obstacles for information dissemination to a user community is that many digital libraries or bibliographic databases use heterogeneous technologies that inhibit interoperability. The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) addresses interoperability by using a framework to facilitate the discovery of content stored in distributed archives or bibliographic databases through the use of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI‐PMH). Though the OAI‐PMH is becoming the de facto standard, many of the legacy databases or bibliographic systems, for various reasons, are not OAI‐compliant. CDS/ISIS is one such database system. In this paper, we discuss the static repository (SR) approach to make CDS/ISIS databases OAI‐compliant. The records from a CDS/ISIS database are exported onto a file and the exported records are then converted to the SR XML file format. The SR file is made OAI‐compliant either by ingesting it into the Kepler Archivelet or through the intermediation of a static repository gateway (SRG).

Findings

The SR is a simple approach for making bibliographic records contained in non‐OAI‐compliant systems, OAI‐compliant.

Research limitations/implications

The SR approach is meant for records, which are relatively static. If the OAI‐compliance is achieved through the SRG, then the number of records contained in a SR file should not exceed 5,000. However, if the SR file is ingested into the Kepler Archivelet, then there is no restriction on the number of records contained in a SR file.

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Citation

Jayakanth, F., Maly, K., Zubair, M. and Aswath, L. (2005), "Approaches to make CDS/ISIS databases interoperable with OAI‐compliant digital libraries", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 269-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330510610609

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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