[OAI-implementers] OAI Resource

Young,Jeff jyoung@oclc.org
Mon, 14 Apr 2003 13:11:47 -0400

I'd say the answer is no, you don't want to do that. OAI isn't a search
protocol, it's a simple harvesting protocol. If you really do need to search
your database by these fields you will need to use a different protocol such
a Z39.50 or SRU/SRW and use it to index those fields from your research
project records. Also keep in mind that the main reason people make your
metadata records available via OAI is so others (aka service providers) can
make them useful and searchable in this way.

Basically, it sounds like you want more functionality than OAI alone
provides. Check out EPrints or DSpace if you need a more complete archiving


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Venugopal R Pally [mailto:pally_reddy@yahoo.com]
> Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 11:50 AM
> To: oai-implementers@oaisrv.nsdl.cornell.edu
> Subject: [OAI-implementers] OAI Resource
> Hi all,
>    The OAI says that 'resource' is the object or stuff
> that metadata is about. So, can resources include
> multiple types ? For example, in our case, I
> identified research projects as resources. But later I
> found that harvestors would like to search our archive
> based on certain other things like Author, his Papers
> etc. This would mean I should consider Authors, Paper
> titles also as resources along with research projects.
> So, when a harvestor asks for ListIdentifiers, can I
> display all of these (Research Projects, Authors,
> Paper Titles) ? Or should I use different
> metadataPrefix for different resources ?
> Thanks,
> Venu.
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