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This documentation describes the policies, procedures, and services that existed while NSDL was operated by UCAR.

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XML from the NSDL repository may be harvested using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), which is a standardized protocol for transferring and sharing metadata across open repository systems.


How to Harvest From NSDL

Access to the NSDL OAI data provider:

The NSDL OAI data provider has the following characteristics:

Tools used for harvesting:

  • The jOAI tool may be used to harvest metadata to a file system.
  • The OAI tools page lists additional tools that are available.


  • For questions and more information, please send your inquiry to NSDL via the contact form

OAI-PMH Documentation

To learn about the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, see the following:

See Related

  • jOAI - OAI harvester and data provider tool