At The Australian National University we're investigating the archiving of Open Conference System conferences as part of APSR (http://www.apsr.edu.au
) and are developing a gateway plugin which, when enabled, exposes the papers for an entire series or a single scheduled conference in a METS format. It also provides access to individual papers and supporting materials in order that follow-on applications processing the METS packages can access files referenced by the METS FLocat element (as opposed to embedding content as in OJS Native Export). The METS will be conformant to the Australian METS Conference Profile (a sub-profile of the Australian METS Profile). The Australian METS Profile is about to be lodged with the Library of Congress and the Conference Profile will also be submitted as part of our development in a few weeks' time.
Does this sound like something that would be useful to be incorporated into the OCS code base? Our developer is being careful to use the same XML helper classes as already exists in OCS to this end. It is all pretty much new code so is easily installed at any rate.
Note that if this sounds useful, we could also contribute a journal version which would be compliant with the Australian METS Journal Profile. This profile is being submitted today to Library of Congress for official registration along with the Australian METS Profile. We currently transform the Native OJS format to METS via an XSL workflow outside OJS, but OJS is so similar to OCS it's not a big stretch for us to contribute back a METS Journal Gateway plugin so METS can be generated natively from OJS.
Is the development team interested in this work? I am happy to forward the completed code for OCS once done (probably 3-4 weeks' time) for review and possible inclusion if a contact point can be nominated. If this sounds useful we can follow up with the OJS version later this year.