Developing a technical registry of OAI data providers

Thomas G. Habing, Timothy W. Cole, William H. Mischo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


With the continued growth of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) [1] it has become increasingly difficult for OAI service providers to discover new and keep up-to-date with existing data providers. There are currently several registries of OAI data providers. Most of these registries are incomplete. Most contain minimal information about registered providers - typically a base URL and little if anything else - providing service providers no clue as to repository scope, content, or size. These deficiencies mean significant extra overhead for service providers. This paper describes a more comprehensive registry of OAI data providers (available at, developed to address some of these issues. While our registry as it presently exists facilitates discovery of data providers, utility is limited by lack of consistent practice for collection-level metadata. To realize the full potential of a better registry, the OAI community needs to develop better practices for collection-level description.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries
Subtitle of host publication8th European Conference, ECDL 2004, Bath, UK, September 12-17, 2004, Proceedings
EditorsRachel Heery, Liz Lyon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783540302308
ISBN (Print)9783540230137
StatePublished - 2004

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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