Saturday, April 24, 2004


Interesting, oai-mod. Could expose a lot of valuable content, but it could also pollute the OAI service with lots of junk. The harvesting would have to be done very carefully.
The aim of the project is to create the mod_oai Apache software module that will expose content accessible from Apache Web servers via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

Apache is an open-source Web server that is used by 63% - approximately 27 million - of the Websites in the world. The OAI-PMH is a protocol to selectively harvest from data repositories. The protocol has had a considerable impact in the field of digital libraries but it has yet to be embraced by the general Web community. The mod_oai project hopes to achieve such broader acceptance by making the power and efficiency of the OAI-PMH available to Web servers and Web crawlers. For example, the planned OAI-PMH interface to Apache Web servers should allow responding to requests to collect all files added or changed since a specified date, or all files that are of a specified MIME-type.

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