[OAI-implementers] oai security

Michael L. Nelson mln@ils.unc.edu
Mon, 14 Jan 2002 20:36:22 -0500 (EST)

On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, Josie Imlay wrote:

> I am working on an oai server right now and the people that own the
> information don't want it getting in to just anyone and everyone's
> hands. I satisfied this using some simple http protocol level
> authentication. What I am woundering is if people writing harvesters
> out there are implementing username/password support at all.


there are probably many data providers that require username/passwd for
harvesting.  I'm aware of several data providers that allow harvesting
only from certain hosts.

writing a harvester to handle usernames and passwords is no problem.  for
a Perl example, look at the User Agent object in LWP:


this will allow you to protect your OAI interface using standard http



> Thanks,
> Josie Imlay
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