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ResourceSync: The NISO/OAI Resource Synchronization Framework

22nd September 2013 in Valetta, Malta [PM]


This tutorial will provide an overview and a practical introduction to ResourceSync, a web-based synchronization framework consisting of multiple modular capabilities that a server can selectively implement to enable third party systems to remain synchronized with the server's evolving resources. The tutorial will motivate the ResourceSync approach by outlining several synchronization use cases including scholarly article repositories, OAI-PMH repositories, linked data knowledge bases, as well as content aggregators. It will detail the concepts of the ResourceSync capabilities, their discovery mechanisms, and their serialization based on the widely adopted Sitemap protocol. The tutorial will further hint at the extensibility of the synchronization framework, for example, for scenarios to provide references to mirror locations of synchronization resources, to transferring partial content, and to obtain historical data.

Presenters and Contributors

Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory (presenter)

Herbert Van de Sompel is an information scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and for 10 years has led the Digital Library Research & Prototyping Team. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and alt-metrics. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange speci cation (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI. Currently, he works with his team on the Open Annotation, Memento and ResourceSync projects. He graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University, Belgium, and holds a Ph.D. in Communication Science from the same university.

Michael L. Nelson, Old Dominion University (presenter)

Michael L. Nelson is an associate professor of computer science at Old Dominion University. Prior to joining ODU, he worked at NASA Langley Research Center from 1991-2002. He is a co-editor of the OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE, Memento, and ResourceSync specifications. His research interests include repository-object interaction and alternative approaches to digital preservation. More information about Dr. Nelson can be found at

Martin Klein, Los Alamos National Laboratory (contributor)

Martin Klein is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His is an editor of the NISO Resource Synchronization speci cation and research interests include digital preservation, the temporal aspect of web resources, and information retrieval and extraction. From 2005 to 2011 he was part of the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group at Old Dominion University led by Dr. Michael L. Nelson and a part-time lecturer in the Computer Science Department. From 2002 to 2005, he was a scientist at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin conducting research in the realm of e-Learning and mobile computing. He received his Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (2002) and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University (2011).

Robert Sanderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory (contributor)

Robert Sanderson is an information scientist in the Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory and previously a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. His areas of research are focused around scholarly communication, digital humanities and large scale data mining. He has won international awards for his research, including the 2010 Digital Preservation Award and both the Vannevar Bush Best Paper award at JCDL 2011 and Best Poster Award at JCDL 2012. Between 2009 and 2011, he was the UIUC GSLIS Honorary Research Fellow for his interdisciplinary work in digital humanities. He is an editor of several international specifications including, most recently, W3C Open Annotation Community Draft, IETF Memento Internet Draft, and the NISO Resource Synchronization specification.

Platinum sponsor

Government of Malta - Ministry for Finance

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Malta Tourism Authority Visit Malta

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