[OAI-implementers] Describing OAI sets

Muriel Foulonneau mfoulonn at uiuc.edu
Fri Jul 22 15:32:00 EDT 2005

Hi Frederic,

The schemas we intended to use (formats currently advised by the OAI
implementation guidelines) are derived from the Dublin Core Schema(s) and
allow the xml:lang attribute (not used enough ...). 

Muriel Foulonneau
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Visiting project coordinator CIC-OAI metadata portal
1301 West Springfield avenue
Urbana IL 61801 
Tel (217) 244 7809
mfoulonn at uiuc.edu

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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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