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Technical Guidelines for integrating archives in EFG


The guidelines presented here provide background information on how to implement harvesting-based interfaces in the archives' local databases. The most suitable approach is the OAI-PMH mechanism for harvesting XML-formatted metadata from repositories.

    OAI-PMH implementation and tools guidelines
    Issued in 2008 as part of the TELplus project this 21-pages document provides short guidelines to help content providers in implementing OAI-PMH. It explains the main concepts and functionality of the protocol, as well as the common scenarios found in libraries for OAI-PMH implementation. The presented best practise guidelines and tool recommendations are worth considering for the EFG context. Furthermore, this document can be used by the EFG archives' technical staff in order to get a short and concise introduction to OAI-PMH.

    DRIVER Guidelines 2.0: Guidelines for content providers Exposing textual resources with OAI-PMH
    This document is an outcome of the DRIVER project. It contains guidelines for repository managers and administrators explaining how to expose digital scientific resources by using OAI-PMH and Dublin Core Metadata.

    Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)
    The official website of the Open Archives Initiative provides implementation guidelines, tools and software for data and service providers as well as background information and news on OAI projects. The introduction to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) can be read here.

    Best Practices for OAI Data Provider Implementations and Shareable Metadata
    This wiki is a comprehensive source of references to guidelines, tutorials, recommendations, implementation software and tools about OAI-PMH compiled by the Digital Library Federation.

    Open Archives Initiative Repository Explorer
    This site presents an interface to interactively test archives for compliance with the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.

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