|OAI does what?|
Open Archives Initiative -Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
If you are interested in metadata sharing, publishing and archiving, then OAI-PMH is for you. It is a standard way for other institutions to find, gather and share the materials in your ResCarta Web site.
The ResCarta Collection Manager writes a METS XML file with the metadata concerning your collection. This file can be easily read to create OAI Dublin Core (oai-dc ) data files, which can be hosted by an OAI provider software. ResCarta Web works well with JOAI software from DLESE.
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