January 20, 2009
The launch of HathiTrust was #4 on Library Journal Academic Newswire's list of Top Ten Stories for 2008. As they say:
The project is worth watching for a few reasons; notably, its collaborative model, sharing everything from funding to technology and expertise, suggests that, after years of experimentation, libraries at last understand and grasp the needs and challenges facing them in the digital future.
I'd say we've understood that for a long time, but have found successful ways of acting on that understanding.
Changes to the University of Michigan OAI data provider
January 07, 2009
We've made some changes to the University of Michigan OAI data provider.
baseURL = http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/o/oai/oai
The data provider now reflects the fact that we are providing records from the HathiTrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org/), formerly called MBooks. From reading this blog, you probably know that the HathiTrust Digital Library contains Google-digitized books and journals from a consortium of institutions including the University of Michigan.
Consequently, OAI sets that were originally named "mbooks" are now named "hathitrust". If you're harvesting us, please change your harvesting protocols to reflect this.
In addition, we have modified the MARC and oai_dc formats to correct and amplify the information we are providing, based on feedback from those who have harvested us in the past. For instance, the 245 field now includes the statement of responsibility (subfield c). We hope the records will be more useful as a result.
We'd love to hear any feedback you might have on the changes.