OpenMIC Overview
OpenMIC Overview

The OpenMIC Bibliographic Utility has been integrated into the OpenWMS project. If you are interested in using OpenMIC please visit the OpenWMS project for further information.
Title: OpenMIC: METS-based Bibliographic Utility

Version No: 1.1-beta

Version Date: July 2009

Main Application Dependencies:
  • PHP 5.0 and above
  • MySQL 5.0 and above or PostgreSQL 6.0 and above

OpenMIC is an open source, web-based cataloging tool that can be used as a standalone application or integrated with other repository architectures by a wide range of organizations. It provides a complete metadata creation system for analog and digital materials, with services to export these metadata in standard formats.
  • Low overhead and infrastructure requirements
  • Events-based model for management and rights documentation
  • Mapping and import from standard and in-house formats
  • Unicode and CJK vernacular character support
OpenMIC is a core application for the Moving Image Collections (MIC) initiative developed at the Rutgers University Libraries with funding from the Library of Congress, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and National Science Foundation (NSF).

Major Features :

METS support
The bibliographic utility features a METS data architecture which can be used in any METS-based or METS-compliant environment. It uses MODS as an underlying metadata schema for descriptive MD, NISO/AES standard for technical MD and PREMIS for source MD and rights MD. It outputs an XML wrapper for the METS components as a single object.

Note: The current version of OpenMIC does not support the classic METS structure map. It comes with a structure map for books but it is not the classic METS structure map since it does not have pointers to individual files. This will be addressed in a later release.

Event-based data model
The bibliographic utility data model is primarily an event-based data model, intended to document what happens to a resource at a specific time and place. Preservation and condition events, provenance events, rights events, and descriptive events document what happens to a resource throughout its lifecycle. Details of the events can include associated entities (such as an exhibit curator) and associated objects (such as an exhibit catalog).

Resource management for analog and digital information formats
The bibliographic utility understands the source object, and the entity that is described in the METS SourceMD (source metadata), as the first generation of information under the control of the metadata-creating organization. This is often an analog object such as a photograph, a slide image of an art work, or a print manuscript. Technical details of the digital object are captured in the METS TechMD (technical metadata) area of the Administrative metadata section, and successive modifications to the digital object are tracked in the bibliographic utility through the DigiProvMD (digital provenance metadata) area.

Customization capabilities: Utility Configuration
The utility configuration module allows an organization to configure the metadata schema, setup required metadata element, and setup system policies according to their specific needs

Customization capabilities: Templates
Templates enable the user to increase both efficiency and accuracy when applying metadata to multiple objects in a collection. Templates allow an organization to select mandatory data elements and to automatically supply default values for elements in the metadata. Templates can be modified and proliferated as warranted for a digital project.

Customization capabilities: Vocabularies
New values can be added to vocabulary lists, and new vocabulary lists themselves can be established in the bibliographic utility. Access to this feature is configurable by the organization in order to limit or expand authorization to control vocabularies based on the organization's local needs and staff resources.

Mapping and Import
The mapping and import module support batch import of metadata in XML and TEXT format at present. This is easily expandable to other formats.

The export module supports export of metadata in METS and TEXT format at present. This is also easily expandable to other formats.

Unicode and CJK vernacular character support

Operating System or Platform Dependencies:
Solaris; Linux

Other Application Dependencies:
  • PHP modules
  • --with-dom
  • --with-dom-exslt
  • --with-ldap (if ldap is used for authentication)
  • --with-mime-magic
  • --with-mysql (if using MySQL)
  • --with-pgsql (if using PostgreSQL)
  • --with-pear
  • --with-exslt
  • --enable-xslt

Approximately 30 minutes.

Click here to access the current OpenMIC Installation and Configuration Manual.

Sample Scenario(s) of Use:

Library or archive with no repository
A library or archive with no current repository architecture can use the bibliographic utility as a "placeholder" for a full repository. Resources can be cataloged in the bibliographic utility and the cataloging can be maintained indefinitely in the MySQL/PostgreSQL database component of the utility. A copy of the bibliographic records in the MySQL/PostgreSQL database can be exported as METS and made available to an XML search and retrieval facility, such as Lucene or Zebra.

Library or archive with a repository
A library or archive that is using a repository architecture can use the bibliographic utility to create and manage metadata. The bibliographic records in the MySQL/PostgreSQL database can be exported as METS and converted to your repositories native schema using third-party tools or XSLT transformations provided by you.

Kalaivani Ananthan, Digital Library Applications Manager
Rutgers University Libraries
Phone: 848/445-5815

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