[OAI-implementers] How many records should typically be returned over OAI-PMH?

Dan Stowell d.stowell at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Feb 2 05:17:50 EST 2005


I'm implementing OAI-PMH and at first I decided that my system could easily 
return 2000 records in a single OAI-PMH request. Unfortunately the "OAI 
Repository Explorer" doesn't seem to be able to cope with that much data 
since it ended up having timeout and too-much-data errors.

I've now reduced that number to 500 and my repository now validates 
happily. But is there a rule of thumb for how many records it's "polite" to 
return, or how many a typical OAI-PMH harvester "expects" to have to deal with?


Dan Stowell
Faculty Information Support Officer (Life Sciences), UCL

Room B07A, Drayton House, 30 Gordon Street, London
Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 5472      (within UCL: dial 25472)
Email: d.stowell at ucl.ac.uk

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