[OAI-implementers] requirement for oai_dc
Tue, 9 Oct 2001 23:14:31 -0400
You may be aware that all records available through an
OAI compliant interface are required to be available in the
oai_dc metadata format.
It has been pointed out that, since all elements in oai_dc are
optional, this requirement does not imply that oai_dc metadata
has to be available. The oai_dc record can be empty.
Independently of that observation, the oai_dc requirement is currently
under review by the OAI technical committee. It is alleged that out there
there are communities that wish to share metadata about
(1) item that have no semantically valid oai_dc representation. This is for
example the case when there are personal data being exposed.
(2) items where the creation of an oai_dc record would require stretching
DC semantics beyond what it is actually meant to be doing.
I am in charge of preparing a review on this subject. To inform
my review, I would be interested to have your opinion. Please
let me know if your community has a requirement under (1) or
if you feel that the oai_dc data that you are already providing
has questionable semantics, as alluded to in (2).
If you think that the requirement for oai_dc is fundamental
to your work, please let me know that too.
Please respond to me personally, I will summarize the state
of the question later.
Thomas Krichel mailto:email@example.com