An introduction to the Open Archives Initiative and the Protocol for Metadata Harvesting

Müller, Uwe and Cliff, Pete and Casal, David An introduction to the Open Archives Initiative and the Protocol for Metadata Harvesting., 2003 . In 3rd. Open Archives Forum Workshop, Berlin, March 2003. [Conference paper]

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Originally developed as a means for metadata dissemination of preprint and eprint servers, the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) meanwhile has become a widely known solution to connect distributed electronic archives of all kinds. The OAI-PMH owes much of its acceptance not only among experts to its simplicity and the comparatively very low costs of its implementation. After a brief outline of the protocol's genesis and its development to date this tutorial will give an introduction to the main ideas of the OAI-PMH, its general functioning and some protocol details. Then we will deal with special implementation issues for data providers and service providers including both the necessary steps for a local implementation and several examples of freely available and adaptable tools for implementations. The tutorial will also provide an overview of the implementation of a data provider metadata set. The OAI tutorial includes presentations as well as short breakout sessions with the possibility to discuss special implementation issues. Handouts including a glossary of terms will be provided. The tutorial should be attended by persons who are interested in more technical aspects of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Open Archives Initiative (OAI), Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-MPH)
Subjects: L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Andrea Marchitelli
Date deposited: 11 Apr 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:58


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