Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the world's leading provider of Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems, announced today that it has entered into a development partnership with Northeastern University (Boston, MA) for the creation of an institutional repository system. “Northeastern had been exploring options for an institutional repository for over a year, and discovered that partnership was the best route,” said Ed Warro, Dean of University Libraries at Northeastern. “Doing it another way would have meant sapping valuable staff time on products that cannot offer us the stability or expert help that Innovative can.”
The repository will offer several core components including a Web-based interface for the submission of documents into the repository, a Java™-based client for management of the repository, and a Web-based interface for searching of and access to the documents. Metadata will be stored in XML and will be made available for harvesting via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH). Other planned functionality will include the abilities to:
- Store documents in various electronic formats;
- Create basic unqualified Dublin Core metadata for documents submitted to the repository;
- Create Metadata Encoding Transmission Standard (METS) encoding structure as appropriate;
- Implement authentication methods to indicate exported documents as authenticated copies;
- Support Handle System Protocol 2.1 for handle administration and resolution services; and
- Perform integrated searching of Repository data and the Millennium OPAC through MetaFind, Innovative's federated search offering.
An initial product release is planned for year-end 2004.
As development partners, Innovative and Northeastern will collaborate on product functionality and planning. This provides Innovative with real-time, early-stage direction resulting in a product that meets user needs. At the same time, it ensures that Northeastern's investment results in a product that meets its requirements. “A partnership with Innovative is a win for Northeastern on several levels,” continued Warro. “Innovative has a track record of delivering quality, cutting-edge products. We also realized that partnering with Innovative was the best route to maximize our staff resources, and arrive at a reliable product compliant with the necessary standards.” Innovative is currently in discussion with other institutions interested in contributing to the development partnership.
“The development of an institutional repository product will provide libraries with the opportunity to extend beyond their traditional roles,” states Jerry Kline, Chairman and CEO of Innovative Interfaces. “And we're particularly excited to be embarking on this project with the staff at Northeastern.”
Celebrating 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is installed in thousands of libraries in 41 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.