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OACIS: Overview of a Collaborative Project. Online Access to Consolidated Information on Serials <http://www.library.yale.edu/oacis> Presentation by Simon Samoeil OACIS Project Manager, Yale University. Review of goals.

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oacis overview of a collaborative project

OACIS: Overview of a Collaborative Project

Online Access to Consolidated Information on Serials


Presentation by Simon Samoeil

OACIS Project Manager, Yale University

review of goals
Review of goals
  • To create a freely available publicly accessible web site featuring a continuously updated union list of Middle Eastern serials
    • In all formats (including live web links)
    • From 20+ countries (ME as defined by LC)
  • To lay foundations for the future, delivering widest possible information access
    • Expanded cooperation and participation
    • Document delivery/ILL
    • Digitization and preservation
  • To create a Union List of Middle East Serials
oacis advisory board
OACIS Advisory Board

Cornell University

Ohio State University

Universitaets-und Landesbibliothek of Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle, Germany

University of Pennsylvania

University of Michigan

University of Texas

University of Washington

Yale University

oacis participating universities
OACIS Participating Universities

Balamand University, Lebanon

Princeton University

University of Jordan, Jordan

Tishreen University, Syria

oacis advisory board members
OACIS Advisory Board Members

Ali Houissa - Cornell University

Jonathan Rodgers – University of Michigan

Dona Straley- Ohio State University

Abazar Sepehri – University of Texas

Mary St. Germain – University of Washington

Lutz Wiederhold - Universitaets-und Landesbibliothek of

Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle, Germany

William Kopycki– University of Pennsylvania

why now
Why now?
  • ME has always been a key part of the world
    • Historically, economically, politically
  • Scholars and librarians have cooperated on modest projects
    • CRL’s Middle East Microform Project (MEMP)
    • Fawzi Khoury and Michele Bates Directory, The Middle East in Microform, University of Washington, 1991
    • Projects have not been across national boundaries or via technology
  • Need for a significant set of digital building blocks that don’t exist yet
origins of oacis
Origins of OACIS
  • US Department of Education Title VI program activates TICFIA portion in 1999 (stands for Technological Innovation & Cooperation for Foreign Information Access)
  • All are three-year projects
  • 1999-2002 projects funded: Africa, Eurasia, Japan, Latin America, South Asia
  • 2002-2005 projects: Indonesia, Japan, Latin America, ME, Asia, language teaching, Africa, South Asia, Tibet
years of collaboration
Years of Collaboration
  • Year 1: database creation, loading of serial records
    • Database expansion in US, Europe, Middle East
  • Year 2: explore ILL/document delivery partnerships
  • Year 3: create mirror sites, modest digitizing, identify future phases (such as preservation)
  • Year 2-3: internships from ME to work on OACIS
    • Will enable participation from home library & beyond
  • Synergies with other Title VI participants
  • Presentations at conferences, workshops (ME, DL)
  • Assessment by users, measuring success
  • OACIS is mostly “On Target, On Time”
  • Some travel and internship setbacks because of volatile political situation
  • Recent accomplishments:
    • First full partners meeting (in July at Yale University)
    • Discovered complementarities of Halle project and

are beginning links to it

    • Offer of digitization by Texas
    • Prototype launched globally November 10th, 2003

with thousands of bibliographical records

    • Interns for 2004 selected (Jordan, Syria)
    • Potential intern for 2005 (Lebanon)
potential middle eastern participants
Potential Middle Eastern Participants

American University of Beirut

Assad National Library in Syria

American University in Cairo

Arab Institute for Human Rights in Tunisia

National Library of Egypt

system specifications
System Specifications

The Open Source system consists of the following components:

* Server operating system: Linux 2.4.18 via Red

Hat 8.0

* Web server: Apache 2.0.4

* Database: MySQL 3.23

* Application languages: PHP 4.3.0, JavaScript 2.0, HTML

This system currently runs as a test environment on a purchased DELL Precision 350 with Intel Pentium 4 (2.26 GHz).


what s next
What’s Next?
  • Middle Eastern Interns
    • Interns selected
    • First intern will concentrate on issues of inputting non-MARC catalog records into OACIS using entry forms.
    • Second intern will focus on questions of document delivery
  • Adding new participant data
    • In February we started adding content from non-partner institutions at a slow and steady pace so as not to disrupt continuous project work.
what s next1
What’s Next?
  • Exploring linking and other synergies with our Halle partner’s MENALIB project
  • Fleshing out our thinking and plans for document delivery
  • Fleshing out our thinking and plans for digitizing
  • Seeking sustainability