[OAI-implementers] OAI identifier practices
jenlrile at indiana.edu
Fri Dec 21 12:45:16 EST 2007
Thanks, all, for the responses, both on and off-list. Looks like we're safe to use our native identifiers, with the leading "/".
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary McGath [mailto:gary at hulmail.harvard.edu]
> Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 11:00 AM
> To: Riley, Jenn
> Cc: 'oai-implementers at openarchives.org'
> Subject: Re: [OAI-implementers] OAI identifier practices
> Riley, Jenn wrote:
> > Hello all,
> > We're planning a big move to a new OAI provider, and will
> take this opportunity to provide a clean break from some
> questionable and unsustainable practices that have cropped up
> in our existing provider. We're wondering how to handle OAI
> identifiers in our new system, though. Identifiers in our
> local repository start with a /, e.g.,
> /lilly/slocum/LL-SLO-000024. Would it be OK for our OAI
> identifier for this item to be:
> > oai:oai.dlib.indiana.edu:/lilly/slocum/LL-SLO-000024
> > ...or would that slash at the beginning of the local part
> be a problem? That is, would this be better?
> > oai:oai.dlib.indiana.edu:lilly/slocum/LL-SLO-000024
> > I didn't see anything in the Guidelines for Repository
> or the DLF/NSDL Best Practices on this issue > <http://webservices.itcs.umich.edu/mediawiki/oaibp/index.php/O
> AIidentifiersAndRegistrationSection> that indicated the slash
> would be a problem, but it's possible I missed something.
> The syntax for the identifier is given here:
> As far as I can see, a slash can occur anywhere within the
> local-identifier part, so you should be ok.
> Gary McGath
> Digital Library Software Engineer
> Harvard University Library Office for Information Systems
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