OAI for Beginners

Tony Linde ael at star.le.ac.uk
Thu Jun 3 07:35:29 PDT 2004

At the interop meeting last week, the Registry workgroup decided to formally
adopt OAI-PMH as the basis for its harvesting interfaces: both a simple http
accessible version and an (optional for publishing registries, mandatory for
full registries) advanced web service based version.

For those unfamiliar with OAI, the best starting point would be the Open
Archives Initiative web site:

For the full OAI-PMH spec, look at:
and for 'an introduction to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for
Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)', try the tutorial at:

Those who attended the kickoff meeting for this workgroup will remember the
talk given by Andy Powell of UKOLN (http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/) on OAI  and
that talk is still downloadable from

Kevin Benson was charged with updating the RI spec to v0.11, including the
incorporation of OAI-PMH, so it'd be useful for those engaged in the
Registry discussions to get themselves up to date with OAI-PMH before then.


Tony Linde                 
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