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 http://www.openarchives.org.
OAI Repositories providing metadata to People Australia need to :
- conform to the OAI-PMH Protocol Specification (Version 2) or to the OAI Static Repository Specification (Version 2)
- ideally provide records using EAC but other record formats may be supported.
The OAI website provides useful Implementation Guidelines.
Two sites that provide a useful overview of the OAI Protocol are:
- NSDL Metadata Primer which includes an introduction to metadata, an introduction to Dublin Core use, and several FAQs.
- Open Archives Forum OAI for Beginners tutorial
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.