A-1.2 Background

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A metadata aggregator is an entity which collects, proofs and publishes metadata from an alternate location than one associated with any individual collection.
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One route to providing better access to digital collections is by including the collections in aggregations that are promoted and exposed through commonly used channels such as commercial search services.
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Google is one type of aggregator. Many institutions are using the standards of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) to both publish and to harvest metadata.

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