|Herbert Van de Sompel
Digital Library Researcher
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Senior Researcher, Information Science Program
Repository federation efforts such as aDORe, CORDRA, the Chinese DSpace Federation, DARE, and Pathways (NSF IIS-0430906) demonstrate that a shared interoperability layer allows the re-use of scholarly digital objects. This cross-repository interoperability provides the fabric for leveraging objects beyond the borders of the hosting repository. Interest in developing such a fabric led to an April 2006 “Augmenting Interoperability” meeting, which was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Microsoft, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation and the Joint Information Systems Committee. It is now appropriate to move beyond prototypes and to support an effort to formally specify this next level of interoperability across repositories. Through the support of the Mellon Foundation, a two-year international initiative to define this interoperability fabric began in October 2006. The effort is conducted under the umbrella of the OAI (Open Archives Initiative), is aptly named ORE (Object Re-Use & Exchange), and is coordinated by Carl Lagoze and Herbert Van de Sompel. The project briefing will outline the goals and work plan of the project, and will discuss activities conducted so far.