[OAI-implementers] OAI identifiers

Simeon Warner simeon@cs.cornell.edu
Fri, 12 Dec 2003 13:15:32 -0500 (EST)

If you are not using oai-identifiers then you must not include an
oai-identifier description block in your Identify response. The
oai-identifier description container (defined by the schema
http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/oai-identifier.xsd) is specific 
to the oai-identifier scheme.

>From an OAI standpoint, your ARK's should be treated as opaque identifiers
within your repository by any service provider that doesn't recognize and
understand them.


On Fri, 12 Dec 2003, David Loy wrote:
> This is the first time I've written to this list.
> I am trying to get a better understanding of identifier as used in OAI 
> protocol.
> According to the standard (I'm using 
> http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/openarchivesprotocol.htm#UniqueIdentifier) 
> , a unique identifier is defined as a URI which by definition contains 
> ftp:, http:, oai: etc.
> We use an ark as our persistent URI (see 
> http://www.cdlib.org/inside/diglib/ark/):
> http://findaid.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/ft2s200504
> My question is how to set up the description element of the Identity 
> response to describe this non-oai identifier.
> Any help would be terrific.
> Thanks
> David Loy