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OAI for Beginners:    English Version 

OAI for Beginners - the Open Archives Forum online tutorial

This tutorial is an introduction to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

Working through this tutorial you will:

  • gain an overview of the history behind the OAI-PMH and an overview of its key features;
  • achieve a deeper technical insight into how the protocol works;
  • learn something about some of the main implementation issues;
  • find some useful starting points and hints that will help you as an implementer.
The Overview, History and Development of OAI-PMH, and Glossary may be used on their own to gain information about OAI and OAI-PMH without going into technical implementation details.

English Version    Contents
1. OAI for Beginners: Overview
2. History and development of OAI-PMH
3. Main Technical Ideas of OAI-PMH
4. Implementing OAI-PMH
5. XML Schemas and Support for Multiple Record Formats in OAI-PMH
6. Glossary

This Tutorial is originally written in English language. Translations into other languages are intended. Thus possibly you will be able in the near future to read here the Tutorial or even parts of the Tutorial in French, German, Italian or Spanish language.

If you are interested to engage yourself for a translation into your own language please contact: contact@oaforum.org



The Open Archives Forum (OAF) is an IST– Accompanying Measures project (IST- 2001-320015).
The partners of OAF are: University of Bath-UKOLN (United Kingdom), Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie della Informazione-CNR (Italy) and Computer- and Media Service (Computing Center) of Humboldt University (Germany).

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