A number of years ago the now defunct Centre for Digital Library Research at the University of Strathclyde ran a JISC-funded project to investigate the use of Static Repositories.

Details and guidance are (currently) available here: 

there are some significant limitations on the use of SRs but they are in some ways very elegant in particular contexts. 
The key weakness of the infrastructure is the reliance on the completely distinct SR gateway software. 
The other significant issue is that SRs had to be flawless xml - unlike 'full' repositories, SRs cope less well with badly formed metadata.

There is a test gateway at LANL that can be used but I think the UIUC gateway which Tom pointed to is the only other sustained/ supported open gateway [perhaps?].

There is perhaps a wider question of what the future of OAI-PMH is and what overlap there might be between something like an SR and OAI-ORE (in terms of work for a data provider) - but that's getting a bit off topic.


R. John Robertson
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Research Fellow/ Open Education Resources programme support officer (JISC CETIS), Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement University of Strathclyde
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-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nathan Tallman
Sent: 21 June 2011 16:25
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] OIA Feeds

Thank you everyone for your replies.

Right now, I'm just exploring the options for a potential project. We need
to make our MARC records available as Dublin Core via OAI-PMH. We don't have
a digital repository or similar infrastructure at the moment, so I'll take a
look at the OAI Static Repository documentation.

I'd really like to upgrade our catalog to something like VuFind (no worries
about maintaining a static repository any more), but I haven't had time to
explore hooking VuFind into our existing Virtua database. It'd probably be
more efficient to just figure out and implement VuFind because of the host
of other benefits.

Thanks again. If anyone's using VuFind as a discovery interface to a Virtua
backend, let me know!


On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM, Nathan Tallman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Greetings list,
> Can anyone direct me towards documentation on creating an OAI feed from
> scratch, without a repository infrastructure?
> Many thanks!
> Nathan Tallman
> Associate Archivist
> American Jewish Archives