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To enrich People Australia the National Library is collaborating with a wide range of online services that create, maintain and provide records about people and organisations.

The People Australia program has adopted a metadata harvesting model to harvest metadata records from  contributors. These records will form part of an overall identity record for a person or organisation and will provide links to our contributor's resources.

Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)

People Australia generally uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to ingest records about people and organisations. General and technical information about the protocol is available at

OAI Repositories providing metadata to People Australia need to :

The OAI website provides useful Implementation Guidelines.

Two sites that provide a useful overview of the OAI Protocol are:

OAI Implementers can test their repositories using the OAI Repository Explorer.

Static OAI Repositories

For small collections the People Australia program supports harvesting from Static OAI Repositories, these are essentially a single xml file containing records to be harvested and are a low barrier way of providing metadata using the standard.  Static OAI Repositories need to conform to the Specification for an OAI Static Repository

Other harvesting methods

Where a contributor does not currently support the OAI-PMH the People Australia program will work with contributors to identify other ways of harvesting metadata.

To discuss contribution please contact us.

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