The OAI-PMH protocol is a way of exchanging metadata between institutions over the Internet in order to widen access to digital documents.
It can be used to:
It can be freely used, as can its specifications, which are available from www.openarchives.org.
OAI-PMH defines two types of stakeholders:
A single institution may play both these roles, both publishing metadata and harvesting metadata provided by other institutions.
The OAI-PMH protocol’s basic operation is based on a client-server communication model. The client sends http queries to the server, and the server responds with an XML data feed.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012