[OAI-implementers] Questions from a novice

Thomas G. Habing thabing@uiuc.edu
Mon, 29 Apr 2002 09:41:26 -0500


We have done a number of OAI implementations using ASP, and all of our
scripts are freely available.  Go to http://oai.grainger.uiuc.edu/ and click
on the 'Provider Tools' link ( http://oai.grainger.uiuc.edu/ProviderTools/ )

Our scripts use MS Access or SQL Server as the database.  However, the
database interface uses ODBC, so hooking up an Oracle DB to our scripts
shouldn't be a problem.

We also have an early implementation of the OAI 2.0 protocol, but we are not
making it publicly available yet, so I would concur with Tim Brody to wait
on the OAI 2.0 specification and tools before investing a lot of work on an
OAI provider.

We are happy to provide some support for our 1.1 provider tools if you want
to try them out prior to the 2.0 releases.

Kind Regards,
	Tom Habing

Thomas G. Habing
Research Programmer, Digital Library Projects
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
155 Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, MC-274
thabing@uiuc.edu, (217) 244-4425

"Charles, Daphne" wrote:
> Hi,
> Having read the Harvesting Protocol I have a couple of questions. (I tried
> to submit these to the OAI website, but no response, so hence the general
> broadcast)
> Can this only be implemented with PERL CGI scripts?
> We are building our site with Active Server Pages on an Oracle database, and
> ASPs could certainly be used to produce output in XML format.  Oracle also
> has some excellent XML tools.
> How is the information returned from the repository following a request?
> ASPs could generate output in the correct format with an XML extension, but
> this would be on the repository server, so how does it get transferred to
> the service provider?  Similarly for status codes if there is no XML output.
> Regards
> Daphne
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