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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Add support for Googles sitemap protocol?
Date Sun, 05 Jun 2005 13:12:56 GMT
Ross Gardler wrote:
> Ferdinand Soethe wrote:
>>> The only requried information in the sitemap is the URL. This means we
>>> can create the Google sitemap now, with minimal effort. Over time we can
>>> enhance this by adding further meta-data once it becomes available.
>> I'm happy to go for the Google format, I just thought that our
>> commitment to standards would tip the balance towards OAI. Does OAI
>> not allow for a minimal form like Googles'?
> Good point. However, I don't think OAI has a "minimal" form, I did some 
> preliminary research into it a few months ago. Let me check it out, I'll 
> report back.

OK, I've rechecked the schema and the OAI-PMH schema requires that a 
date be provided in headers for each record (which coresponds to a 
documet in our case). This means we need the last modified date 
otherwise our data will be inaccurate, that is using last-published will 
make harvesters think that the file was modified on that date.


Furthermore, as I mentioned in a previous mail, OAI is not about 
indexing documents (like the Google sitemap) it is about indexing 
meta-data. To use OAI-PMH for anything worthwdile requires quite a bit 
of additional functionality like complete meta-data etc. I *do* want to 
see this included but do not believe it is appropriate to the vast 
majority of our present users.

I think we should proceed with the simpler case of Google and return to 
OAI wen we have a meta-data system in place.


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