Archon – A Digital Library that Federates Physics Collections

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Maly, K., Zubair, M., Nelson, M., Liu, X., Anan, H., Gao, J., Tang, J., & Zhao, Y. (2002). Archon – A Digital Library that Federates Physics Collections. International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, pp. 27–34. Retrieved from


Archon is a federation of physics collections with varying degrees of metadata richness. Archon uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAIPMH) to harvest metadata from distributed archives. The architecture of Archon is largely based on another OAIPMH digital library: Arc, a cross archive search service. However, Archon provides some new services that are specifically tailored for the physics community. Of these services we will discuss approaches we used to search and browse equations and formulae and a citation linking service for arXiv and American Physical Society (APS) archives.
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