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1 Building a Large Scale Open Source Repository at OhioLINK A Cautionary Tale In Three Acts 2007 LITA National Forum Thomas Dowling

2 Act I “The Plan” (ca. 2006)

3 OhioLINK Digital Media Center dmc.ohiolink.edu Art and Architecture 1999: Art Collection (AMICO), SaskiaArt Collection (AMICO), Saskia 2000: Art and Architecture from Univ of Cincinnati 2001: Akron Art Museum Images 2002: WPA Prints By Cleveland Artists Video Collections 2002: Foreign Language Instruction Videos 2002: Encyclopedia of Physics DemonstrationsEncyclopedia of Physics Demonstrations 2003: Educational Films And Documentaries (FFHS, Ambrose)Educational Films And Documentaries

4 History and Archives 2001: Wright Brothers CollectionWright Brothers Collection 2001: E.W. Scripps Papers 2001: Mayan Archeology Photos 2001: Sanborn Historic Maps 2002: Greek and Latin Inscriptions (squeezes) 2003: Lake Erie’s YesterdaysLake Erie’s Yesterdays 2003: Nat’l Underground RR Freedom Ctr Images 2004: Historic Maps of Akron 2005: Kent State Shootings Oral Histories Science Collections 1999: Landsat Satellite Images of Ohio 2003: Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics Digital Animal Sounds (1 | 2) : Geology Digital Photographs (1 | 2) : Ohio Ag Experiment Station Forestry ImagesOhio Ag Experiment Station Forestry Images 2004: Reproductive Physiology AnimationsReproductive Physiology Animations 2004: Dolphin EmbryosDolphin Embryos OhioLINK Digital Media Center dmc.ohiolink.edu

5 Oh By The Way Electronic Journal Center: 9 million locally loaded journal articles Electronic Theses and Dissertations: 12,000 ETDs from 17 schools Coupla thousand locally loaded e-books ~80 million records from A&I databases ~10 million bib records in union catalog

6 OhioLINK Services, June 2006 EJC DMC ETDC IR CatalogA/I DBs

7 OhioLINK Services, June 2006 EJC DMC ETDC IR Ingest, Store, Discover, Display Ingest, Store, Search, Display Ingest, Store, Discover, Display CatalogA/I DBs

8 OhioLINK Services, June 2006 EJC DMC ETDC IR Ingest, Store, Discover, Display CatalogA/I DBs Commercial, Propietary

9 OhioLINK Services, June 2008 EJC — DRC — ETDC — IR Ingest Store Discover Display Catalog A/I DBs Open Source

10 Open Source Advocacy The Early Days

11 Why Open Source? Beyond Evangelism Best of breed software  Server software: Apache, Tomcat  Repository: Fedora  Middleware: XTF, DLXS  Search: Lucene, Solr  XML Tools, programming languages Freedom to play (Freedom to fail?)

12 Why Open Source? The Received Wisdom

13 Why Open Source? The Situation At OhioLINK

14 Which Adds Up To… Ingest: XML + HTTP + programming language of choice Repository: Fedora Discovery/Interface: XML +HTTP + XTF? DLXS? Web programming language of choice? Search: Lucene/Solr

15 …Or In Other Words… Journal Content E-Book Content Image Database Dissertation Research Report Ingester Fedora Repository User InterfacesSolr IndexMetasearch XMLXSLT Perl PHP Ruby…

16 Act II “Reality Rears Its Ugly Head”

17 The Thing About Conference Planning “OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network, has embarked on a large-scale project to migrate several major digital library services from disparate, commercial/proprietary platforms to a unified repository architecture built with open source tools.” Faithfully submitted, Thomas Dowling December 15, 2006

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19 Deadlines E-Journals – commercial software support officially ends December Image databases – software license and Sun server maintenance renewals due January E-Books – ~7500 books licensed in Fall, Institutional repository – First collection due in September 2007.

20 Full Steam Sideways Image Collections: University of Michigan DLXS E-Books: CDL XTF Institutional Repository: DSpace E-Journals: ??? ETDs: ??? (DSpace?)

21 Joy. Silos.

22 Act III “Lessons [Eventually] Learned”

23 What’s Wrong With This Plan? “…migrate several major digital library services from disparate, commercial/proprietary platforms to a unified repository architecture built with open source tools.”

24 “The best is the enemy of the good” —Voltaire 1694–1778 Writer, Philosopher, IT Manager

25 One Repository To Rule Them All And In The Darkness Bind Them

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