[OAI-implementers] Metadata in multiple languages?
jewelw at usc.edu
Mon Feb 13 14:58:30 EST 2006
Also check out: <http://www.language-archives.org/tools.html>.
The Open Language Archives Community has created an "OLAC Metadata
Schema Version 1.0" that might be a useful reference.
Thomas G. Habing wrote:
> David Heath wrote:
>> I'm new here so I'll just say a little about myself. I'm researching
>> the possibility of using OAI-PMH for internal (and maybe later
>> external) content sharing for http://www.oneworld.net/, which is a
>> news portal covering evironmental/human rights issues. I'm a freelance
>> developer who's been working for OneWorld for several years.
>> I have a specific question, which is as follows:
>> I have some resources which have metadata available in multiple
>> languages. I'd like to know what the recommended way to encode and
>> transfer this metadata would be, and in particular whether it is
>> possible with the standard oai_dc encoding. Some possibilities which I
>> am considering:
>> 1. are the different languages actually different "metadata records"
>> and therefore should have a different identifier in the OAI header (I
>> don't think so)?
> I don't think so either.
>> 2. should I include, for example, multiple dc:title elements and add
>> an xml:lang attribute, e.g.:
>> <dc:title xml:lang="en">The Eiffel Tower</dc:title>
>> <dc:title xml:lang="fr">La Tour Eiffel</dc:title>
>> in this case, is the xml:lang attribute permitted by the XML Schema
>> for oai_dc?
> The xml:lang attribute is definitely permitted by the schema.
> You might want to check out the OAI Best Practices wiki,
> I think they also have some guidelines for specifying language.
>> Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
>> Best regards
>> David Heath
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