The OAI Metadata API

Every document in our collection has detailed metadata in Dublin Core format in its header (XHTML rendering) or in TEI format in the XML view, but detailed metadata is also available in the format specified by the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) from our OAI metadata service.

The OAI API specifies six "verbs" which must be supported by a metadata source. Here is a list of the verbs, along with links to our OAI source documents so you can see how they work. The system responds to each of the verbs in the form of a block of XML data.