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Using OAI: innovations in the sharing of information

Timothy W. Cole (Mathematics Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA. He has held prior appointments at Illinois as Assistant Engineering Librarian for Information Services and as Systems Librarian for Digital Projects. He is principal investigator for the University of Illinois Open Archives Metadata Harvesting Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and for the IMLS Digital Collections & Content Project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He is a member of the Open Archives Initiative Technical Committee and is 2002‐2003 vice‐chair of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Technology Standing Committee.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 June 2003


The tradition of union catalogs and similar broad‐based, comprehensive bibliographic utilities and tools is one of long standing in the discipline of librarianship. As we move towards greater reliance on digital primary sources, the sharing of information about what we hold in our digital collections intuitively seems of increasing import and value as a way to organize and manage the explosion of online information resources. The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting enables effective and efficient sharing of digital metadata and is being utilized across a wide spectrum of disciplines and digital library projects. Experience to date gives reason for optimism and provides evidence and confirmation that, even as the technologies we use evolve, the intellectual framework of our tradition persists and continues to be relevant.



Cole, T.W. (2003), "Using OAI: innovations in the sharing of information", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 115-117.




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