[OAI-implementers] Describing OAI sets

Frédéric Martin martin-oai at hotmail.fr
Thu Jul 21 09:28:31 EDT 2005


I read the document called "Describing OAI sets : a discussion paper" posted 
here by Sarah L. Shreeves and Muriel Foulonneau and found it very 

I have just one question : is there a mean to specify in what languages the 
set description and the collection description are written ? If not, I think 
it could be useful, when a data provider wants to provide descriptions in 
multiple languages.

The xml:lang attribute may be used for instance in the <dc:title>, 
<dc:rights> and <dct:abstract> elements.

If I'm not wrong, the Library of Congress provides a set description both in 
english and in russian, using two different <dc:description> distinguished 
by the xml:lang attribute. (see 
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/oai2_0?verb=ListSets the setspec is "prok").

Best Regards,

Frédéric David Martin

Bibliothèque nationale de France / French national Library
Département de la Bibliothèque numérique / Departement of digital Library
frederic-d.martin at bnf.fr

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