The main objective of CYCLADES is to develop advanced Internet accessible mediator services to support scholars both individually and as members of networked communities when interacting with large interdisciplinary electronic (e-print) archives.
The proposed open archives environment consists of two components: the archives and the services. The implementation of the former will be carried out by the US partners in the context of the Open Archives initiative (OAi). The Oai has established a set of simple but potentially powerful interoperability specifications that facilitate the development of third party services. CYCLADES will base the development of the service environment on these specifications. In particular, a core set of cross-archive value-added services will be developed to constitute a federation of independent but interoperable services.