[OAI-implementers] Should OAI-PMH over HTTPS be permitted?
khage at umich.edu
Wed Feb 16 16:47:52 EST 2005
Until today we didn't have https support. As Simeon says, for perl-based
harvesters it's a simple matter of incorporating the appropriate perl
On Wed, 16 Feb 2005, Roy Tennant wrote:
> At least two sites are registered at UIUC with HTTPS data providers:
> both DSpace sites.
> Roy Tennant
> On Feb 16, 2005, at 8:40 AM, Simeon Warner wrote:
> > There has been some interest recently in using OAI-PMH over HTTPS .
> > The
> > OAI-PMH specification  mentions only operation over HTTP, so I think
> > that at present HTTP must be used to conform to the specification (and
> > this is enforced by the validation/registration site). The
> > specification
> > should be explicit about whether the use of HTTPS is conforming or not.
> > It would be trivial to extend the specification to permit the use of
> > HTTPS
> > as it is just standard HTTP operating over an additional security
> > layer.
> > There would be no need to change the semantics or syntax beyond the
> > substitution of 'https://' for 'http://'. Permitting HTTPS would have
> > no
> > implications for data-providers unless they wished to use the protocol.
> > The main implication of permitting HTTPS would be that harvesters would
> > have to support HTTPS in addition to HTTP (or else be unable to harvest
> > from some data-providers). In many programming environments there are
> > libraries that provide seamless support for both HTTPS and HTTP (e.g.
> > in
> > Perl, HTTPS comes for free in LWP) but this may not be true in all
> > cases.
> > Who is using or would like to use HTTPS?
> > Which harvesters already support HTTPS or could easily do so?
> > Which harvesters could not easily support HTTPS?
> > Cheers,
> > Simeon
> >  http://www.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2818.txt
> > 
> > http://www.openarchives.org/OAI/2.0/
> > openarchivesprotocol.htm#HTTPembedding
> > ----------------------------------------------------------
> > Simeon Warner Email: simeon at cs.cornell.edu
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