[OAI-implementers] RE: Change of identifiers

Viademonte Da Rosa, Sergio sviade at essex.ac.uk
Tue Dec 6 12:16:11 EST 2011

hi Thomas,

Just to share some experience that we have had at the UK Data Archive. One of our partner organizations, from where we harvester data, went through a redesign/redevelopment of its applications, and as a consequence changed not only their OIA identifiers but links for OAI calls, as as well.

This gave us significant problems, including data consistance. As changing identifiers data become completely inconsistent<http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconsistent>.

Therefore, as a suggestion, if I understood you right. If changing identifers is essential for you, do it in partnership with organziations/institutions you exchange data.

one workaround, would  be to write a wrapper which would mimic the behavior of your old OAI, hence mapping the old dentifiers to the new ones.  You would expose the this wrrapper to institutions that already query your OAI

Dr. Sergio Viademonte.

Systems and Applications.





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Sent: 06 December 2011 15:21
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Subject: [OAI-implementers] Change of identifiers


I am wondering if there is a standard way to change OAI identifiers.

For example, we might restructure our collection, or will have to split some items that were under one identifier into several ones. I could even imagine something like "throw away everything from this set from this OAI Service Provider and collect everything anew".

Is there a way to communicate this to my OAI clients?

Best regards

Thomas Fischer


Dr. Thomas Fischer

Research and Development Department (RDD)

Göttingen State and University Library

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

37073 Goettingen




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