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September 10, 2007

Repository specification updates

Phil Barker of CETIS has a nice blog entry summarising the current status of various repository-related standards activities including IMS LODE, OASIS Search Web Services, OAI-ORE and Deposit API / SWORD.

Read the entry if you want to find out more but note that it doesn't go into any technical detail.

Of these, the activity I'd like to know more about is SWORD, which has taken the approach of defining a deposit API for repositories by building a profile of Atom rather than by trying to invent something from scratch.  This seems very sensible to me and is something that I've been arguing the digital library community needs to do more of.  The wiki appears to indicate that the project is just coming to an end so it'll be interesting to see how this work gets taken forward.

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