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DLF Aquifer American Social History Online

DLF Aquifer is a Digital Library Federation initiative. Our purpose is to promote effective use of distributed digital library content for teaching, learning, and research in the area of American culture and life. We support scholarly discovery and access by:

  • Developing schemas, protocols and communities of practice to make digital content available to scholars and students where they do their work
  • Developing the best possible systems for finding, identifying and using digital resources in context by:
    • promoting digital library best practices and
    • developing tools and services to improve digital resource access and use

The DLF Aquifer initiative is pleased to share with the community various products of our work that we believe will have use outside the project

OAI Static Repository Gateway

To any potential Aquifer collection providers who were holding out because they did not have an OAI data provider: here is your chance to participate.

If you would like to add your static repository just issue an initiate request: _here

The gateway will validate your repository and email you with some confirmation instructions. For details on how initiate works refer to the OAI Static Repository specification:

Also for anyone who would like to host their own OAI Static Gateway Service the code is open source and can be downloaded from the UIUC OAI Metadata Harvesting Project SourceForge site. The code is available from the SourceForge SVN or as a ZIP file:

The DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group has produced the following documentation for sharing within the digital library community. The Working Group welcomes comments on this documentation. Comments and questions can be sent to any Working Group member.

Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Tools

Metadata Reports

Collection Development

DLF Aquifer actively seeks material that fits within an American culture and life theme, broadly defined. Please consult the document below for information about contributing digital collections to DLF Aquifer.

Technology and Architecture Documents

Ongoing Work

Links to Additional Resources

Aquifer Project Team Resources

Team News Next core team meeting Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at USC. Includes local implementation leads for Sakai and federated search (Jon Dunn and Bill Mischo). Services Working Group meets at USC the following day, February 7, 2008.

Working Groups (Private)
Project Management (Private)
Core Team (Private)