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The National Library of Australia operates a number of Resource Discovery Service programs such as Australian Research Online, Libraries Australia, Music Australia, People Australia and Picture Australia.  Each of these services provides access to data via one or more machine-to-machine interfaces or APIs (Application Programmer Interfaces).  With the creation of Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au) the National Library will in time consolidate and standardise these interfaces.

NLA Party Infrastructure (Trove People and Organisations zone)

To enable other services to search or harvest data about identities, the Trove People and Organisations zone provides three standards-based machine-to-machine interfaces:

1. OAI-PMH

The OAI Repository is available at http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/peopleaustralia-oai/. Record formats available are EAC, RIF-CS and Dublin core.

2. SRU (Search and Retrieve via URL)

SRU provides a standard web-based text-searching interface, utilises a rich query language called CQL (Contextual Query Language) and provides records in XML format.  The SRU interface is available at http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/srw/search/peopleaustralia. Record formats available are EAC-CPF, Dublin core, RIF-CS and ATOM.

Detailed documentation of the NLA Party Infrastructure SRU Server is available in PDF Format.

3. OpenSearch

The OpenSearch interface description file is available at: http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/srw/peopleaustralia-os-description.xml. Record formats available are RSS and ATOM format. OpenSearch supports basic keyword searching and provides records in XML format.

Queries about the above APIs should be submitted via the Trove Contact Us form.

Australian Research Online (ARO)

In February 2011 the Australian Research Online (ARO) service was turned off. Trove now contains records from the ARO service and has been enhanced to include core features that were present in the service. As a result, the ARO APIs are no longer available. Read more about how Australian research is now supported in Trovehttp://trove.nla.gov.au/general/australian-research-in-trove.

Libraries Australia

To enable other services to search or harvest metadata about research outputs, the Australian Research Online program provides two standards-based machine-to-machine interfaces:

1. z39.50

The Libraries Australia z39.50 gateway is available to Libraries Australia subscribers, more information is available in the LA Z39.50 Configuration Guide.  Basic connection details appear below:

ZGateway domain name:
z3950.librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au

Port:
210
Database name:
ANY or ANBD=Bibliographic, AU or Authority=Libraries Australia Authorities

2. OpenSearch

The Libraries Australia OpenSearch interface description file is available at: http://librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au/nbd-osd.xml. Record formats available are RSS and ATOM format. OpenSearch supports basic keyword searching and provides records in XML format.

Queries about the Libraries Australia APIs should be submitted via the Libraries Australia Contact Us form.

Picture Australia

To enable other services to search or harvest metadata about digitised images from Australian collections, the Picture Australia program provides three standards-based machine-to-machine interfaces:

1. z39.50

Information about the Picture Australia z39.50 gateway is available in the LA z39.50 External Database Configuration Guide.  Basic connection details appear below:

ZGateway domain name:
pa.librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au
Port:
210
Database name:
PictureAustralia

2. OpenSearch

The Picture Australia OpenSearch interface description file is available at: http://librariesaustralia.nla.gov.au/nbd-osd.xml. OpenSearch supports basic keyword searching and provides records in XML format. Records via this interfaces are available in RSS format only.

3. OAI Repository

The Picture Australia OAI Repository is available at http://oai.pictureaustralia.org:8123/oai/pa_oai. Records are available in unqualified Dublin Core and Picture Australia record formats.  Currently access to the Picture Australia OAI Repository interface is restricted.  Requests for access should to be submitted via the Picture Australia Contact Ushttp://librariesaustraliaref.nla.gov.au/reft100.aspx?key=PA&qnudftb04=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pictureaustralia.org%2F form.  Requests need to provide an IP address or range from which you will be harvesting.

Queries about the Picture Australia APIs should be submitted via the Picture Australia Contact Us form.

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