Re: France's HAL, OAI interoperability, and Central vs Institutional Repositories

From: David Goodman <dgoodman_at_Princeton.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 22:07:34 -0400

Dear Franck,

I am glad that you are experimenting with something a little different. Since you have kept it searchable by the
current standard protocol, that is all that is absolutely necessary. As you have explained, if NIH or Soton wishes
to use your information differently, they can. Your final paragraph about the need for both disciplinary and
institutional aspects sounds exctly right, and almost all OA advocates are quite ecumenical.

No developer has been able to achieve immediate perfection, from Panizzi or Babbage until the present day. If
there is any current practice that will remain the state of the art for long, that would be the first time in history--I
don't think we're using version 1.00 of anything (except sacred texts).

David Goodman, Ph.D., M.L.S.
Bibliographer and Research Librarian
Princeton University Library

----- Original Message -----
From: Franck Laloe <laloe_at_LKB.ENS.FR>
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2006 6:00 pm
Subject: Re: [AMERICAN-SCIENTIST-OPEN-ACCESS-FORUM] France's HAL, OAI interoperability, and Central vs
Institutional Repositories

> Misunderstanding, I am sorry. Yes, Hal can be harvested through OAI-PMH,Repec, etc...
> and, of course, also
> searched through indexers (Google,Google Scholar), which is not trivial since Hal is
> basically a data base.
> I am not claiming that it is the best in the world, or even superior to others;
> actually, I know that you do not approve it, Stevan.

> Let me finally add that Hal has been conceived to combine the
> advantageof disciplinary open archives (what scientists want) and
> institutionalarchives (which are indispensable if we want
> institutions to push
> scientists to deposit their production). You can create portals of Hal
> that are institutional, with the logo, words, etc.. of the
> institution,for both upload and download. But at the same time all
> the documents go
> to the same data base. This is technically possible, but requires the
> solid structure of metadata that I described above.
> I hope that I have explained the situation clearly.
> Best wishes to all!
> Franck
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