For those of you unable to attend the OAI open day in DC and preferring a trip
abroad... I am including Cliff Lynch's recent message about the above along
with a formal event announcement.

Please circluate, in any event, to European colleagues who may be interested.


The Open Archives initiative, which is being supported by CNI and the
Digital Library Federation, is holding two public meetings in
conjunction with the release of the OAI protocol specifications for
metadata harvesting. The first, which was covered by an earlier
announcement, is in Washington DC on January 23; this meeting is now
at capacity for the venue and registration is closed. A second
meeting had been planned for Europe. The date and venue for this
meeting is now set and information is below.

The Open Archives Initiative ( (OAI)
develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate
the efficient dissemination of content. An Open Meeting to make public
the release of the specifications of the initial OAI interoperability
architecture will be held on February 26 at the Staatsbibliothek
Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin. The goal of this interoperability
architecture is to provide an easy way for data providers to expose
their metadata and for service providers to access that metadata and use
it as input to value-added services. A key component of the
interoperability architecture is the use of the Dublin Core element set
as the required resource discovery metadata vocabulary. The OAI invites
representatives from a variety of communities including publishers,
libraries, E-Print and pre-print providers, and museums to participate
in the meeting and discuss the applications of this interoperability
architecture to their communitity's information requirements.
Complete information on the meeting and a registration form
(registration is required and will be closed at 100 attendees) is
available at
NOTE: The meeting will be conducted in English. Translation facilities
will not be available.
Support for the European OAI Open Day comes from the Staatsbibliothek
Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation
(DINI). Support for other Open Archives Initiative activities and work
comes from the Digital Library Federation and the Coalition for
Networked Information, the National Science Foundation (Grant No.
IIS-9817416) and the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (Grant No.
Any further questions can be mailed to [log in to unmask]

Daniel Greenstein
Director, Digital Library Federation
1755 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Suite 500
Washington DC 20036
phone 202 939 4762