First operational Greenstone OAI-PMH collections

John Rose. Thursday, December 24th, 2009.

The first two Greenstone collections to publicly implement OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Handling) are now fully operational for data harvesting.

They are:

* Biblioteca Digital Científica de les Illes Balears in Spain - the OAI base url is;
* Memoria Académica of the Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences, National University of La Plata in Argentina - the OAI base url is

Both of these collections are registered in ROAR, OpenDoar and the Open Archives list of Data Providers.

By activating the integrated OAI-PMH Greenstone server, a Greenstone collection can participate in the worldwide open access network by which bibliographic data is made freely available by more than a thousand OAI-PMH data providers (often called open access repositories or institutional archives).

Several other Greenstone collections are referenced the above registries (7 in ROAR, 19 in OpenDoar which does not require OAI-PMH access for listing) but these collections have either not implemented OAI-PMH, or not correctly parameterised their server, or not correctly registered their service.

Interested users may consult the OAI support page on the Greenstone wiki.

In addition to providing an OAI-PMH server, Greenstone has integrated OAI-PMH harvester (in the Download tab in GLI) which permits the acquisition of data from OAI-PMH servers to enrich Greenstone collections; in addition to the access to bibliographic data as defined in the OAI-PMH protocol, this harvesting facility also enables downloading of the associated documents if they are referenced in the OAI-PMH records.

Users’ comments are invited on OAI in Greenstone, e.g. on technical issues or facility of use, on other existing operational collections unknown to us, or on plans for new OAI-PMH Greenstone services.

6 Responses to “First operational Greenstone OAI-PMH collections”

  1. Simonette Van Doren Says:

    It looks like the link for Biblioteca digital…Balears has changed tp:

    The Link provided in this blog brings up the following error message:

    Illegal OAI verb

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  3. Jim Hart Says:

    Which version of Greenstone are they using and how is it configured?

  4. John Rose Says:

    We are pleased to announce the availability of a third operational Greenstone OAI-PMH site:

    Manioc ( is a digital library developed by the University of Antilles-Guyana (France), specializing on the Caribbean, the Amazon, the Guyana Plateau and regions or areas of interest related to these territories. The collection contains thousands of materials : digitized texts, documents, audio, video and iconographic references to cultural, social, economic or political historical events. The base OAI-PMH url is . John Rose of Greenstone Team

  5. Abdul Says:

    this is abdul,IT Engineer. we are interested in your greenstone digital library product. can u get in touch with me via email. thanks.

  6. John Rose Says:

    For Simonette Van Doren:

    Sorry I did not see your message earlier. Effectively the link giving you an error is only for accessing the OAI server. To manually test the OAI server use an OAI verb like . The links to the actual open access digital collections are behind the names of the institutions (for example, or simply

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