Open Content Alliance: Building a Digital Archive of Global

Open Content Alliance: Building a Digital Archive of Global

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Open Content Alliance: Building a Digital Archive of Global Content for Universal Access
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About

What is the Open Content Alliance?

The Open Content Alliance (OCA) is a collaborative effort of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that helps build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material. An archive of contributed material is available on the Internet Archive website and through Yahoo! and other search engines and sites.

The OCA encourages access to and reuse of collections in the archive, while respecting the content owners and contributors. Contributors to the OCA have agreed to the principles set forth in the Call for Participation.

The Open Content Alliance is administered by the Internet Archive, a 501c3 non-profit library.

Participate

A Call To Participate in the Open Content Alliance

Please join an Open Content Alliance (OCA) made up of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world, which will offer broad, public access to a rich panorama of world culture by building a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content. By creating a growing archive of digital materials, the OCA will serve the combined interests of its contributors and the global community of Internet users. Contributors will donate collections, services, facilities, tools and/or funding to the OCA.

The contributing organizations support the following principles:

1. The OCA will encourage the greatest possible degree of access to and reuse of collections in the archive, while respecting the rights of content owners and contributors.
2. Contributors will determine the terms and conditions under which their collections are distributed and how attribution should be made.
3. The OCA need not be obligated to accept all content that is offered to it and may give preference to that which can be made widely accessible.
4. The OCA will offer collection and item-level metadata of its hosted collections in a variety of formats.
5. The OCA welcomes efforts to create and offer tools (including finding aids, catalogs, and indexes) that will enhance the usability of the materials in the archive.
6. Copies of the OCA collections will reside in multiple archives internationally to ensure their long-term preservation and accessibility to all.

The OCA will be administered by the nonprofit Internet Archive and governed by representatives of contributing organizations.

If you are interested in participating please write to oca at archive dot org.

FAQ

Background

What is the Open Content Alliance?


The Open Content Alliance (OCA) represents the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content. The OCA was conceived by the Internet Archive and Yahoo! in early 2005 as a way to offer broad, public access to a rich panorama of world culture.

What is in the OCA archive?

The OCA archive will contain globally sourced digital collections, including multimedia content, representing the creative output of humankind.

How can users find OCA content?

All content in the OCA archive will be available through the website. In addition, Yahoo! will index all content stored by the OCA to make it available to the broadest set of Internet users. Finally, the OCA supports efforts by others to create and offer tools such as finding aids, catalogs, and indexes that will enhance the usability of the materials in the archive.

Participating in the OCA

Who is a contributor?


Contributors to the OCA include individuals or institutions who donate collections, services, facilities, tools, or funding to the OCA.

To inquire about becoming a contributor, please email: oca at archive dot org.

What kind of international representation will the OCA have?

Initial OCA contributors located outside the United States include the European Archive, the National Archives in the United Kingdom, and the University of Toronto. The OCA will continue to solicit the participation of organizations from around the world.

Content in the OCA Archive

What collections will be in the OCA archive initially?

The OCA will seed the archive with collections from the following organizations:

European Archive
Internet Archive
National Archives (UK)
O’Reilly Media
Prelinger Archives
University of California
University of Toronto

What can people do with materials contained in the OCA archive?

The OCA will encourage the greatest possible degree of access to and reuse of collections in the archive, while respecting the rights of content owners and contributors. Generally, textual material will be free to read, and in most cases, available for saving or printing using formats such as PDF. Contributors to the OCA will determine the appropriate level of access to their content.

For example, the collection of American literature contributed by the Internet Archive, the University of California, and Yahoo! carries no restrictions and may be downloaded and reused for any purpose.

Additionally, the OCA welcomes all efforts to create and offer tools (including finding aids, catalogs, and indexes) that will enhance the usability of the materials in the archive.

What are some of the metadata formats through which the OCA will expose its hosted collections?

Metadata for all content in the OCA will be freely exposed to the public through formats such as the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and RSS.

Copyrighted Content

How will the OCA deal with copyrighted content?


The OCA is committed to respecting the copyrights of content owners. All content providers who contribute to the OCA must agree with the founding principles of the OCA, contained in the OCA Call for Participation, which describes how their materials and associated metadata will be accessed and used. Further, all contributors of collections can specify use restrictions on material that they contribute.

What plans does the OCA have to work with publishers to explore new business models around making copyrighted content available electronically?

The OCA is committed to working with all types of content providers to grow its archive. The OCA has been in discussions with major publishers and the organizations that represent them in order to explore legal, sustainable business models through which more copyrighted content can be made widely available. O’Reilly Media is one commercial publisher that has already agreed to make certain content available to the OCA. The OCA looks forward to continued dialogue with publishers in order to explore and build solutions that benefit the entire community of Internet users.

Contributors

The following organizations have donated services, facilities, tools, or funding to the OCA, in order to help build a digital archive of global content for universal access.

To inquire about becoming a contributor, please e-mail us at oca at archive dot org.

NEWEST CONTRIBUTORS:

CARLI (the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois): 152 member libraries, some of which are included below.

PALINET/Solinet representing 2,000+ member libraries, some of which are included below.

University of Pittsburgh
Lancaster County Historical Society
Penn State University
University of Maryland
Villanova University
West Virginia University
St Mary’s college of Maryland Library
Goucher College
Independence Seaport Museum, J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library
The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library
Lycoming College, Snowden Library
Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala
Allen County Public Library
Princeton Theological Seminary
The D-Space Foundation

Long-time contributors

Cornell University

Boston Library Consortium

Boston College Libraries
Boston Public Library
Boston University Libraries
Brandeis University Libraries
Brown University Library
MBL/WHOI Library
MIT Libraries
Northeastern University Libraries
State Library of Massachusetts
Tufts University Libraries
University of Connecticut Libraries
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Libraries
University of Massachusetts at Boston Library
University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Libraries
University of Massachusetts at Lowell Libraries
University of Massachusetts Medical Library
University of New Hampshire Libraries
Wellesley College Library
Williams College Libraries


The Bancroft Library
The British Library (UK)
Columbia University Libraries
Emory University Library
European Archive
Getty Research Institute
Indiana University Libraries
Internet Archive
Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries
McMaster University Libraries (CA)
Memorial University of Newfoundland Library (CA)
Library of the National Archives (UK)
National Library of Australia (AU)
Natural History Museum, London (UK)
Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University
Prelinger Library and Archives
Rice University Libraries
San Francisco Public Library
Simon Fraser University Library (CA)
Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala)
University of Alberta Libraries (CA)
University of British Columbia Library (CA)
The University of Chicago Library
University of Georgia Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information & Library Science
University of Ottawa Libraries (CA)
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas
University of Virginia Library
Washington University
York University Library (CA)

Biodiversity Heritage Library

American Museum of Natural History Library
The Field Museum Library
Harvard University Botany Library
Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Marine Biological Library / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library
Missouri Botanical Garden Library
Natural History Museum of London Library
The New York Botanical Garden Library
Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Library (UK)
Smithsonian Institution Libraries


University of California Libraries

Northern Regional Library Facility

University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Davis
University of California at San Francisco
University of California at Santa Cruz


Southern Regional Library Facility

University of California at Irvine
University of California at San Diego
University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at Riverside


University of Toronto

Gerstein Science Library, King’s College
John W. Graham Library, Trinity College and Wycliffe College Health Sciences Library
Jean & Dorothy Newman Industrial Relations Library
Innis College Library
John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College
Knox Church Library
Laidlaw Library, University College
Robertson Davies Library, Massey College
Media Commons Library
Ivey Library, New College
Ontario Institue for Studies in Education Library
Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre Library
R. O. Hurst Pharmacy Library
Physics Library, University of Toronto
Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies Library
E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University
Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies Library, Victoria University
Regis College Library
Royal Ontario Museum Libraries
Rotman School of Management Library
UofT at Scarborough Library
St. Mary’s College Library, California
St. Augustine’s Seminary Library


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