Metadata feeds

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There are three basic kinds of metadata feeds currently supported.

  • One is sitemaps (see Sitemaps) for web crawlers.
  • One is encoding: see
  • The last one: Open Archives Initiative (OAI) feeds, which enable others to collect and index our metadata for portal search and discovery. More about that follows here:

Acumen provides OAI feeds of Dublin Core metadata in XML (Extensible Markup Language), which is open to all from following the Open Archives Initiative Protocol.

Currently, both the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) finding aids and the MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) item-level records are included in the OAI feeds.

The mods_oai_aserl.xsl, mods_oai_eds.xsl, and mods_oai.xsl are used for OAI results from the item-level records, for:

The ead_oai.xsl provides OAI results for finding aid records.

The staging area XSL exist on the libcontent server in /srv/www/htdocs/acumen/staging/assets/xsl/ .

Access to this area is provided via softlinks for digital services personnel and metadata librarians.

To test the OAI implementation, it's simplest to use the OAI Repository Explorer.