[OAI-implementers] OAI Identifiers

Tim Brody tim@tim.brody.btinternet.co.uk
Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:04:13 -0000


A thought on OAI identifiers, at the moment the "repository" bit of
identifiers is somewhat arbitrary, and could quite easily lead to conflicts.
How about using the repository URL (or partial URL) to make up the
identifier, e.g.:
arXiv.org => oai:org:arXiv:sub-arxiv/xxx
CogPrints => oai:uk:ac:soton:cogprints/xxx

Which also makes the identifiers a little more informative?
(especially for institutional archives which might be

All the best,