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Open Archive Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
The aim of the Open Archives Initiative is to build an interoperability framework for digital archives/institutional repositories in order to encourage scholarly communication.
Within the OAI system each archive is assigned a unique archive identifier, records within the archive are assigned persistent unique record identifiers and so the combination ensures relevant document(s)are identified.
The protocol uses XML to record metadata that distinguishes between data providers who represent the creators, and service providers who meet the requirements of end users. Essentially, the protocol means that OAI databases can interact with each other and other software agents. The metadata formed can be based on the Dublin Core metadata set or alternative forms, for example, MARC library records.
OAI-PMH is HTTP based with XML responses and uses the unqualified Dublin Core set, it is Web-friendly, and therefore firewall friendly.
Standards Developing Organisation
- Open Archives Initiative
No information available.
- Access, Use and Reuse
- Digital Archive Standards
- Digital Repository Standards
- Interoperability Protocols
- Wikipedia entry for OAI-PMH [external]
Alternative Current Versions
- 21 January 2001 - The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, version 1.0 [external]
- 2 July 2001 - The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, version 1.1 [external]
- Dublin Core
- IETC RFC 2616, Hypertext Transfer Protocol - HTTP/1.1
- IETF RFC 1807, A Format for Bibliographic Records
- ISO 8601: Dates and Times