[OAI-implementers] hierarchical documents

Jakob Voss jakob.voss@nichtich.de
Fri, 09 May 2003 21:44:47 +0200


I am relatively new to OAI and going to set up a simple Data Provider
for different kind of publications. Many publications consist of
different parts in different file formats and publication types but
I do not know how to deal with them. For instance:

Title: All about nothing
Author: Mr. Smith
     PowerPoint Source: all-about-nothing.slides.ppt
     PDF Output:        all-about-nothing.slides.pdf
     OpenOffice Source: all-about-nothing.paper.ooo
     RTF Exchange:      all-about-nothing.paper.rtf
     PDF Output:        all-about-nothing.paper.pdf

I thought about several possibilities:
- All files are one document with several dc:indentifier
   for each file (information about type and format is lost)
- Each file is one document (much duplication)
- Create sets for each publication and type (more sets than

How do you store information about hierarchical
document-relationship? For instance an article (with several
versions, types and formats) can be part of a book that
is part of a series and so on.

Thanks for your comments!

Jakob Voß