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OAI and CMS systems combined for research?

By sdorn, Section Ask Anything
Posted on Fri Nov 7th, 2003 at 07:25:15 AM EST
What's a higher priority for librarians: having researchers conversing on-line or having a system that's OAI-compliant?


I've been thinking of working with a CMS to create an online community of scholars that would allow researchers to describe their projects, get feedback on working papers, link up to create panels for conferences, etc. I think an open-source CMS would work for that, tweaked a bit (or at least I suspect AWF, Post-Nuke, or PHP-Nuke would work), but for one thing: OAI standards. On the other hand, I suppose I could start a project to tweak the Public Knowledge Project's Open Conference Systems software and turn it into something like a CMS, but that would be expensive (if a beautiful creature in the end), I'm not an expert in it, and I just don't know how librarians look at these things.

So, from your perspective, what would be more useful to the library community: getting a research-oriented CMS that is up and running relatively quickly (and that doesn't kick out spiders) or creating a research-oriented CMS that waits a few years but is OAI-compliant?

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What should researchers interested in creating new outlets do?
Go find an OAI-compliant journal system and become an instant editor
Get a CMS and invent something interesting
Beg the Mellon Foundation for money to invent a hybrid CMS that's OAI-compliant
Dream about all of this and go teach your class, since you're short on time, anyway
What's CMS?

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False dichotomy? (none / 0) (#1)
by roy on Fri Nov 7th, 2003 at 09:17:49 AM EST
(User Info) http://escholarship.cdlib.org/rtennant/

I'm trying to figure out why you think this is an either/or situation. OAI compliance is pretty darn basic -- you can even be compliant with a static file of XML. So why can't you have both? I suggest getting something up and running and chip away at OAI compliance.

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research linking (none / 0) (#2)
by art on Sun Nov 9th, 2003 at 12:40:02 PM EST
(User Info) http://www.uwindsor.ca/library/leddy/people/art

The tough part is to hook up the content as close as possible to where it naturally lives. Sébastien Paquet wrote a really interesting paper entitled Personal knowledge publishing and its uses in research that fits in here. Dan and I have been going back and forth on these kind of conversations for a while now, how best to link together a community and it's output unobtrusively, and without engineering more hoops for them to go through to share content? FOAF and trackback may have a roll here, but the harvesting underpinnings of OAI would probably be a huge help in dealing with the scale of distributed content. The hard part may be the metadata, very few content creation systems create a strong level of metadata naturally, and it gets hard to scrape it from the content itself.

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online (none / 0) (#3)
by blisspix on Sun Nov 9th, 2003 at 06:18:33 PM EST
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The number of librarians who know anything about OAI is quite small. Not to say that it should be a lesser priority, but that I think you should get your project up and running, build interest, and then fix it up.

You don't want to wait a year to have everything in place, launch and then find that noone is interested or that someone else beats you to the punch!

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i-Tor (none / 0) (#4)
by Harold on Tue Apr 6th, 2004 at 10:17:08 AM EST
(User Info) http://www.haroldbakker.com/

Sorry to chime in so late but have you looked at i-Tor?

It appears to do what you want, CMS, OAI harvesting etc.
I have no experience with the project though installing it is on my to-do list. It's open source and hosted on sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/i-tor.
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