[rdfweb-dev] RDF and OAI

Libby Miller Libby.Miller at bristol.ac.uk
Tue Mar 16 14:52:18 UTC 2004

On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, Alejandro Fernandez wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm currently trying to find out about the possibility of using RDF
> rather than OAI for small scale metadata harvests where records are few,
> technical savvy is low and only a handful of catalogue holders actually
> exchanging data.
> I've just come out of a major project trying to get various UK HE
> institutions to interoperate and do OAI based sharing of record metadata
> for online catalogues( eg http://www.sosig.ac.uk/ ). The difficulty was
> that OAI was in some cases too large and complex for people to
> implement, and some saw it as overkill when their collections were very
> small.
> I wonder if there are already people using RDF for this, or even
> software or APIs being planned for it? I'm hoping a few of you might be
> on this list. I've just found out about Atom which might get me some way
> towards seeing how a resource metadata handling API would look. I wonder
> also if it makes sense to compare these two technologies in the first
> place? Would they both work together at some level?

Easy-to-use harvesters might also fit the bill. A search for 'scutter'
on http://rdfweb.org/topic/WordIndex gives several interesting
documents, but I don't see a list of available scutters anywhere. Is
there such a thing? If not, maybe we should start one.


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