You may want to look at the possiblity of using OAI to do this type of
thing. At UIUC we had an experimental project to do this type of
distributed searching of EAD finding aids (along with metadata from other
technical details to work out, the basic findings were encouraging. Even
if you did not use OAI, there are certain parts of the this project (like
our use of xpointers) which could be useful in any xml environment.
While my part of the project is not yet completed, there is information
and there are two draft papers here:
The papers will be published in the near future and I am working on a
final project report/white paper as well but it will not be done for a
while; I'd be happy to discuss it with you.
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On Wed, 18 Jun 2003, Katherine Hayes wrote:
> 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,
> Katy Hayes
> Katherine A. Hayes, Associate Archivist
> American Institute of Physics
> Center for History of Physics
> Niels Bohr Library