p.johnston at ukoln.ac.uk
Tue Dec 7 16:08:51 EST 2004
> The Google API is showing, that a big company is investing in
> SOAP. You
> are right, that the Google API is offered on the searching
> side. But to
> build an index on OAI resources, a search engine would need the
> possibility to harvest the mentioned 85,000 records. For this
> purpose a
> search engine would have to invest in OAI-PMH. That is the
> question: are
> they willing to invest besides of SOAP in the "niche"
> protocol OAI-PMH?
I'm not sure it is strictly true that Google needs to invest in OAI-PMH
in order to "index on OAI resources".
The Googlebot can crawl HTML representations of the metadata records
which are also exposed via OAI-PMH (assuming they are served at
persistent Google-friendly URIs etc) Isn't this exactly what services
like the DP9 gateway enable/provide?
As Jeff noted a couple of messages upthread, the issue is not SOAP v
OAI-PMH, or search v harvest, but whether an implementation of OAI-PMH
semantics over SOAP offers anything that is not available using the
current implementation over HTTP GET/POST.
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