Open Harvester Systems - free online workshop, Oct 19, 2012

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Open Harvester Systems - free online workshop, Oct 19, 2012

Postby iryna » Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:21 am

EIFL-FOSS and EIFL-OA are co-organizing a webinar coinciding with Open Access Week 2012. The topic will be providing access across open access journals and open access repositories, with a focus on the free open source Open Harvester Systems (OHS) software.

The Open Harvester Systems is a free metadata indexing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. OHS allows you to create a searchable index of the metadata from Open Archives Initiative (OAI)-compliant repositories such as sites using Open Journal Systems (OJS) or Open Conference Systems (OCS).

Online Workshop Details

Title: Providing access across OA repositories and journals with Open Harvester Systems.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2012

Duration: 15:00 - 16:00 UK time (16:00 – 17:00 CEST, Rome, Italy time)

The guest speaker will be Alec Smecher, Technical Architect for the Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University Library, and lead developer of Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), Open Harvester Systems (OHS), and the PKP Web Application Library (WAL).

Oleksandr Novytskyi will also present a case study from Ukraine - using OHS for a centralized search in all Ukrainian open access repositories supported by the Institute of Software Systems, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University.

If you also use OHS and want to tell your story, please let us know.

There is an open access wiki for Questions and Answers about OHS: If you have any questions please add them to the wiki.

How to register

To register your interest in attending the workshop, please email iryna.kuchma [at] as soon as possible with the following information:

your name
your email address
your job title, country, and
your EIFL role if you have one.

The session is open to anyone to attend but places are limited. If it is oversubscribed, priority will be given to participants from EIFL partner countries.

How you participate: once your place is confirmed, you will receive a URL and password for the session.

All you will need is an internet-connected computer with sound (and maybe headphones if you are in a busy room).

To check if your computer will be able to access the session successfully, please go to:

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Dr Simon Ball
EIFL-FOSS Programme Manager
simon.ball [at]

Iryna Kuchma
EIFL-OA Programme Manager
iryna.kuchma [at]
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