[OAI-implementers] HTTPS and OAI

Thomas G. Habing thabing at uiuc.edu
Thu Sep 30 15:09:34 EDT 2004

Young,Jeff wrote:

> It appears that at least some of the DSpace OAI installations are running
> from the https protocol instead of http. I would think this violates OAI
> conformity. Are there any harvesters currently available that deal with
> https?
> Thanks.
> Jeff
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Hi Jeff,

Our UIUC Harvester can harvest from https.  However, this is mostly an 
accident of the Windows xml/http toolkit we use which seems to handle 
https pretty transparently.

Even though the OAI spec doesn't mention https, it seems like it might 
be useful to allow it for cases were an OAI repository might require the 
security for some reason like closed systems passing secret metadata 
around.  Although, it probably shouldn't be used unless it is really needed.

Tom Habing

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