A few years ago we completed a grant-funded project to deliver finding aids from a consortium of repositories with collections reflecting our subject field of history of physics and allied fields. The task of tagging and displaying a variety finding aids proved to be too time-intensive for our small staff and resources.
We hope to continue to provide searchability of remote finding aids through our Physics History Finding Aids web site (http://webster.aip.org/history/ead/index.html ). So far we are looking at a program call Harvest (http://harvest.sourceforge.net ) to perform the retrieval and indexing of other finding aids (with the repository's permission).
We'd like to know if any other archival consortium projects are looking at this approach; and if so, how you are going to accomplish this. I'm interested in software tools, arrangements with other repositories, personnel required (in terms of skill levels), etc.
Thanks in advance,
Katherine A. Hayes, Associate Archivist
American Institute of Physics
Center for History of Physics
Niels Bohr Library