OAI Metadata Harvesting Workshop

A full-day workshop held at JCDL2003 (workshops program) in Houston, TX on Saturday, 31 May 2003. Most of the information relates to organization of the workshop. The particpant presentations have been linked from the position statements which were submitted before the workshop.

A brief report appeared in the July/August 2003 issue of DLib and a more detailed report was presented in the Fall 2003 ACM SIGIR Forum (also available here in PDF, 114kB).

This workshop will bring together people with Open Archives Initiative (OAI) metadata harvesting experience to discuss problems, their solutions, and to identify best practices. The focus will be on near- to medium-term practical issues. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss problems or raise issues that they have encountered and will benefit from the shared experience of the other participants.

The workshop will combine and distill the OAI harvesting knowledge and experience of the participants to detail 1) best practices and existing solutions to particular harvesting problems; and 2) unresolved problems and issues with current implementations, the specification, or limitations of version 2.0 the OAI protocol for metadata harvesting (OAI-PMH). The conclusions of the workshop will be disseminated to the wider OAI community.


Workshop participants are invited to present short papers (10--20 minute) papers on issues of particular concern. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


This will be a full-day workshop with an emphasis on discussion. It will be held on Saturday 31 May 2003, the day after the main sessions of the JCDL conference. The morning will be divided into short sessions of 20-40 minutes where participants will use half the time to present a short paper on a particular issue and proposed or possible solutions. The other half of each session will be reserved for moderated discussion. The first part of the afternoon will be reserved for in-depth discussion of the most interesting or difficult issues identified in the morning session. The remainder of the afternoon will be devoted to identification of issues upon which there is consensus and those for which further work is required.


Participation is open to those who have OAI harvesting experience. Participants will be expected describe their OAI harvesting experience in a brief (1 or 2 paragraph) position statement, and to propose a topic or topics for discussion. Selected participants will be invited to present a short paper to describe and seed discussion on a topic they proposed.

Participants must register though the JCDL registration system. Both the position statement and any suggested topic or topics for discussion should be submitted to simeon@cs.cornell.edu at the time of registration. There will be a limit of 30 participants to ensure that focused discussion is possible.


The workshop will be help on Saturday, 31 May 2003, from 9am until 5pm (see conference program). Additional resources, including position statements and topics for discussion, will be linked from this page as participants register.


Simeon Warner
Computing and Information Science, Cornell University
301 College Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850-4623, USA
Voice: +1 607 254 8604, fax: +1 607 255 5196

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