10 May 2007

Aquatic commons

IAMSLIC (International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers), FAO,and other partners are working towards the establishment of a coordinated 'aquatic commons' - to include a digital repository and harvester for fisheries and marine science.

The proposed model includes an 'open access OAI compliant repository' and a 'thematic harvester' offering federated searching across repositories, IAMSLIC’s Z39.50 distributed library, the union database of marine serials, and the ASFA database.

According to the FAO, it will "facilitate the exchange of scientific research related to the marine/aquatic environments by providing a searchable, Web-accessible repository for digital documents. [...] The Aquatic Commons is intended to complement institutional repositories and to collaborate with related subject repositories particularly in developing countries. [...] The repository runs on the EPrints open access software and is managed by contract with the Florida Center for Library Automation, Gainesville, Florida. The repository is managed for IAMSLIC by an Aquatic Commons Board appointed by the IAMSLIC Executive Board."

AVANO is likely to be the official IAMSLIC open access marine and aquatic sciences harvester. Developed by IFREMER - the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea - AVANO offers access to 64000 plus electronic resources on marine and aquatic sciences. It collects bibliographical data of electronic resources (documentation, images, datasets...) available in a group of Open Archives via the OAI-PMH protocol in order to aggregate them into a centralised database. Its Web interface offers centralised viewing of resources disseminated throughout several servers. More information on Avano is here.


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