The basics of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting

Sarah L. Shreeves

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Abstract

The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH) is rapidly becoming an integral part of the digital library infrastructure. From its roots in e-print archives to its inclusion in commercial digital content management systems, the OAI protocol has made significant inroads since its initial release in 2001. The purpose of this chapter is to give the non-technical librarian a basic understanding of the protocol and its use in digital libraries. It presents fundamental information about the protocol: what it is (and is not); its history and place in the current digital library infrastructure and how the protocol works. The chapter ends with a brief examination of some of the ongoing challenges within the OAI environment.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnology for the Rest of Us
Subtitle of host publicationA Primer on Computer Technologies for the Low-Tech Librarian
EditorsNancy D. Courtney
Place of PublicationWestport, CT.
PublisherLibraries Unlimited
Pages85-107
ISBN (Print)978-1591582335
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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Shreeves, S. L. (2005). The basics of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. In N. D. Courtney (Ed.), Technology for the Rest of Us: A Primer on Computer Technologies for the Low-Tech Librarian (pp. 85-107). Libraries Unlimited.