[OAI-implementers] SOAP-PMH

Tim Brody tdb01r at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Dec 7 08:48:07 EST 2004

Hi Hussein,

Do you think it would be possible to construct a SOAP transport that 
wraps an OAI2 repository?
i.e. SOAP requests get translated into an HTTP query

I'm unsure whether SOAP allows an "ANY" container, which I guess would 
be required to allow metadata XML to transport through a SOAP body?

All the best,

Hussein Suleman wrote:
> hi Joseph
> some thoughts ...
> on a technical level, it makes sense that if there is to be a new 
> version of OAI-PMH it should probably be layered over a (RESTful) SOAP.
> on a practical level, there is a lot of existing community knowledge and 
> infrastructure built around OAI-PMHv2.0 so we dont want to disturb that 
> without enough of a reason.
> on a political level, to go beyond the controlled experiments some of us 
> have done would require the support of the DL community at large.
> so, basically, we did the experiments and we know the issues. yes, it 
> can work. but, no, im not certain we need to push this just yet. it is 
> almost like the planets need to be aligned but they just dont seem to be 
> aligned at the moment ... until they are aligned, OAI-PMHv2.0 may be the 
> thing to stick to :)
> ttfn,
> ----hussein
> joseph_botany wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> It seems natural to use SOAP with OAI-PMH as outlined in the following 
>> paper http://aim.cs.uct.ac.za/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=110. Has 
>> anyone developed a SOAP implementation of OAI? Please contact me if 
>> you have (joseph at mail.botany.ubc.ca <mailto:joseph at mail.botany.ubc.ca>).
>> Thanks,
>> Joseph
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