Open Digital Libraries

Various authors, Nov 04, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The website says, "Open Digital Libraries (ODLs) are systems built as networks of extended Open Archives. The basic philosophy adopts the notions of simplicity and reusability from the Open Archives Initiative, and adds extensibility and componentization into the mix. CRLFProtocols for inter-component communication with a single digital library are designed as extensions of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, and then components that adhere to these protocols are composed to operate as the back-end of a DL." The site contains a number of good papers on the topic, some demonstrations and protocol specifications. Developers will appreciate the tools provided, including harvesters, schema based metadata editors, and more.
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