Los Alamos, NM, and Ithaca, NY, December 12, 2007 — On behalf of the OAI-ORE effort, Carl Lagoze, Cornell University, and Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory, are pleased to announce the public alpha release of the OAI Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) User Guide and Specification documents. These are now available at http://openarchives.org/ore/toc.
These documents are the result of over a year of effort by a large group of people. Your feedback is requested on their contents as part of the effort to transition these documents to beta and then final production release.
The team has set up a Google Group to discuss these documents. Your comments are welcome there. Please keep these comments and the resulting discussion productive and focused. The URL of the Google Group is http://groups.google.com/group/oai-ore. You will also find this URL in the header note in the OAI-ORE documents.
You may also send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, but we request you use this only for private comments to the editors. The goal is to keep this discussion public.
Finally, we'd like to remind you of two upcoming events related to OAI-ORE:
1. March 3rd 2008, John Hopkins University: USA ORE Open Meeting.
Register at http://www.regonline.com/oai-ore (limited to 150). Supported by Microsoft.
2. April 4th 2008, University of Southampton: European ORE Open Meeting.
In conjunction with Open Repositories 2008. Registration not yet available. Supported by JISC.