OAICatMuseum – Coming soon to a server near you!

As those who have read this blog for a while will know, I am working with a sizeable group of museums on the issues around sharing descriptions and digital content using OAI-PMH and CDWA Lite XML. While OAI-PMH has been used in the library community since the initial release of the protocol in 2001, the technology received a good bit of attention in the museum world when the Getty Trust and ARTstor used OAI-PMH to transfer digital images from the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute to the ARTstor Digital Library in 2006.

The software used for this prototype was a modified version of OCLC Research’s open source software OAICat. Yesterday, we’ve released OAICatMuseum to a number of RLG Programs Partners for beta-testing. This son/daughter-of-OAICat was inspired by the Getty modifications to the original software, and has been uniquely tailored to the needs of the museum community. We are trying to make implementation of OAI-PMH as easy as possible, and to that end, OAICatMuseum supports CDWA Lite XML records out-of-the-box, and generates the OAI-PMH mandated DC records on the fly.

I expect that we’ll be ready to share this software with the world-at-large this fall after we’ve made modification based on the feedback of the working group!