Utility of an OAI service provider search portal

S. L. Shreeves, C. Kirkham, J. Kaczmarek, T. W. Cole

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (PMH) facilitates efficient interoperability between digital collections, in particular by enabling service providers to construct, with relatively modest effort, search portals that present aggregated metadata to specific communities. We describe the experiences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library as an OAI service provider. We discuss the creation of a search portal to an aggregation of metadata describing cultural heritage resources. We examine several key challenges posed by the aggregated metadata and present preliminary findings of a pilot study of the utility of the portal for a specific community (student teachers). We also comment briefly on the potential for using text analysis tools to uncover themes and relationships within the aggregated metadata.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003
EditorsLois Delcambre, Geneva Henry, Catherine C. Marshall
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)0769519393
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003 - Houston, United States
Duration: May 27 2003May 31 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
ISSN (Print)1552-5996


Other2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Cultural differences
  • Global communication
  • Indexing
  • Portals
  • Protocols
  • Software libraries
  • Testing
  • Text analysis
  • Vocabulary
  • XML

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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