NSDL Documentation Wiki

Announcement: The operation of NSDL has been transferred to ISKME's OER Commons (effective December, 2014) - Read the news release.

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

Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

You are viewing an old version of this page. View the current version.

Compare with Current View Page History

« Previous Version 11 Next »

Unable to render {include} The included page could not be found.

The Search API provides the ability to search for resources in the NSDL digital library and build customized search and browse interfaces for a variety of applications. Search queries access metadata stored in the NSDL repository, including resource metadata, annotations, and use data/paradata. The Search API is based on an index of terms, compiled and accessed using the Lucene search engine. The API provides a resource-centric view of the repository, that is, for each resource (URL), Search operates over and can return all associated metadata, annotation, and use data/paradata records associated with the resource in a single search hit.

The Search API uses a REST-RPC hybrid approach to accept requests expressed as HTTP argument/value pairs and respond with structured data in XML or JSON format, allowing developers to embed and reuse NSDL resources using a wide range of technologies such as JavaScript, PHP and JSP.

The API is implemented with an instance of the the Digital Discovery System (DDS) repository search server.

What's Happening

The new Search API went into production at the beginning of April, 2011, replacing the previous NDR Search API. The NSDL.org web site, partner sites and learning applications began using the new API at that time.

See it in Action

The API base URLs is:

Get Involved

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


  • NSDL Search Page Template (download from SourceForge) - Customizable search client implemented with HTML and JavaScript. Use the template to embed and customize NSDL search on any Web site.

Additional Reading


For historical reference, see the previous NSDL Search API documentation (API deprecated April, 2011).

See Related

  • No labels