The goal of META-SHARE is to create an infrastructure of networked repositories that is transparently viewed as one global collection of resources. The following schema depicts the overall architecture of META-SHARE:
Each META-SHARE repository which participates in the network forming the global META-SHARE network contains:
- A local repository consisting of its own LRs and respective metadata that will follow the META-SHARE schema as well as a local inventory consisting of the metadata for the LR stored at the repository,
- A META-SHARE inventory consisting of the metadata for the LRs stored in all the repositories participating in the network.
META-SHARE members undertake the obligation to follow the Metadata Schema, export their metadata and allow their harvesting following the OAI-PMH standard. They are able to use all of the services offered such as LR search, access, downloading, reporting, etc following the obligations and rights stated in the META-SHARE MoU.
Existing/outside Repositories wishing to make their metadata catalogue available to the META-SHARE network but do not wish to follow the quality guidelines or META-SHARE specifications with respect to the LRs, participate to the network as Associate Members, undertaking the responsibility a) to make their meta-data schema available for mapping with the META-SHARE Metadata Schema, b) to export, if they wish, their metadata into META-SHARE metadata and c) allow harvesting.
META-SHARE will be offering the following range of services:
- user registration, authorization and authentication;
- resource/tool description and uploading,
- browsing, searching and downloading;
- LR validation, maintenance, evaluation;
- LR archiving, versioning and preservation;
- statistics, reporting, recommendations;
- access, distribution and referral services including IPR and legal clearance
- billing and payment.