Are you an OAIster Data Contributer?

OCLC just recently made this announcement concerning any institutions that are OAIster database contributors.

In January, OCLC announced a partnership with the University of Michigan to ensure continued access to your open-archive collections through the OAIster database and expand the visibility of your collections to millions of information seekers through OCLC services. This message provides an update on our progress and some changes planned for October.

Transition to OCLC

Since January, OCLC has expanded access to your digital resources in OAIster in the following ways:

  • Added the OAIster database to FirstSearch Base Package subscriptions at no additional charge and provided access to the database through the FirstSearch service.
  • Provided access to the OAIster database through, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local “quick start” for Base Package subscribers. Through this enhanced interface, users of libraries with Base Package subscriptions can search OAIster alone or in combination with other databases such as WorldCat, CAMIO or ArchiveGrid.

At the same time, has remained available to provide ongoing Web access.

Next steps

OCLC and the University of Michigan are working together to complete the transfer of OAIster harvesting operations to OCLC.

In October 2009, OCLC will add OAIster records to In order to make your OAIster records discoverable on, we are requesting your institution’s agreement. Please see item number 2 below.

What do these changes mean for users of the OAIster database?

OAIster users will have two ways to access the records you contribute to OAIster.

  • search results will include OAIster records. is a publicly available Web site searchable at no charge. When users search, OAIster records will be included in search results. Each search will retrieve results from the WorldCat database along with OAIster and article-level content from sources that now include GPO Monthly Catalog, ArticleFirst, MEDLINE, ERIC, the British Library and Elsevier. Records from all sources are presented to users in integrated search results.
  • Authenticated users of libraries that subscribe to the FirstSearch Base Package may search OAIster as a separate database through, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local “quick start.”
    These users will be able to select OAIster for searching from the Advanced search screen.

What do these changes mean for me, as an OAIster contributor?

Your participation in this open archive project will help maintain the ongoing growth of the OAIster database and ensure that the OAIster collections continue to support scholarly research, communication and scholarship. With your commitment, OCLC will continue to provide access to these valuable resources that complement the types of resources already cataloged in WorldCat, broadening the scope of collections to include open archives, and reaching millions of information seekers through, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local “quick start.”

  1. Harvesting your metadata (records)
    OCLC will continue to harvest and index the records you make available via OAI-PMH. As records are harvested, they will be made available through Details about harvesting will be available on a new Web site in mid-October.

    If you currently use CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software, you have the added benefit and option of uploading your CONTENTdm metadata to WorldCat, for even better Web visibility, using the new self-service Web tool—the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway. The Gateway enables you to choose the right content and appearance for WorldCat display, as well as how often the metadata is synchronized with WorldCat. With your records in WorldCat, your collections are more visible and discoverable on the Web by users who search, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local “quick start”, as well as Google, Yahoo! and other popular Web sites. Additionally, you will have the capability to download the records to your local system from WorldCat (learn more about the Gateway). If you prefer to use the Gateway to upload your records, please contact us at Otherwise, if you choose to continue with OAIster harvesting, continue to item 2 below.

  2. Your institution’s agreement requested
    As OCLC prepares to make OAIster records discoverable through, it is important to confirm that your institution agrees to the Terms and Conditions that govern contribution of your institution’s records to OAIster and availability of your institution’s OAIster records through In particular, OCLC wants to ensure that it is not improperly using your records. We encourage you to review any copyright restrictions in your records, and ensure that they are accurately stated. For example, please make sure to distinguish between use restrictions related to the resource described and use restrictions related to the metadata record itself.

    Please review the OAIster Terms and Conditions and indicate your acceptance of these terms through the Web site. If your institution does not want its open archive records now in OAIster to be available through or if you have questions about your rights to distribute your records in this way, please contact OAIster product management at

  3. Receive access to OAIster at no charge
    As a contributor to the OAIster database, your institution is eligible for no-charge access to the database on the FirstSearch services as well as the unique database view of OAIster on at no charge. On FirstSearch, you can search the OAIster database as it has existed since its addition to the service in early 2009. On, this no-charge access will enable authenticated users to search the OAIster database to retrieve results of only OAIster records. NOTE: searches by unauthenticated users will retrieve OAIster records along with all other resources in a single result set.

    To request no-charge access to the OAIster database on FirstSearch and, please complete the required information on the OAIster Database Contributors Information form.

OCLC remains committed to building on the success of OAIster by identifying open archive collections of interest to libraries and researchers, and ensuring that open archive collections will be discoverable and accessible to information seekers worldwide.

Please contact OAIster product management at with any questions about the upcoming plans to expand access to content in the OAIster database.

3 thoughts on “Are you an OAIster Data Contributer?

  1. I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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