> We have 5 libraries, using different systems. We want to set up a
> portal where users can search at once in the 5 libraries.
> a) we want that all libraries becomes OAI-compliant and can offer
> their data to a OAI-harvester
> b) Can MyLibrary a) harvest the local databases? b) index them c) make
> them searchable in different ways (Boolean, advanced searches)
> c) Is The collection created by MyLibrary then accessible with Z 39.50?
> If this is possible, than it should be great. Do you know a system
> witch can solve our question.
Thank you for your interest.
I believe MyLibrary will be able to address your problem, but at the
same time, I do not want to "oversell" its functionality. Allow me to
MyLibrary is a set of Perl modules. These modules provide the means for
managing metadata in a database. The database is structured very much
like Dublin Core plus the facet/term combinations. By combining this
functionality with the functionality of other applications it will be
1) create a MyLibrary database intended to store the metadata from
your five libraries
2) harvest the metadata (via OAI) from the five libraries
3) index the harvested metadata (I like swish-e)
4) provide a search interface to the index via swish-e, SRU, and/or
I anticipate that the MyLibrary distribution will come with sample
applications demonstrating these techniques, but the sample
applications might not fit with every institution's needs. It is quite
likely that you and your institution will have to use the sample
applications as models for the creation of your own applications. At
the same time, a person would not require MyLibrary to provide the
functionality outlined above; it is possible to use OAI to harvest the
data, save it locally, and index it. By putting into MyLibrary though
you might be able to do other thing with the data.
Eric Lease Morgan
University Libraries of Notre Dame