The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.
DOAB supports the OAI protocol for metadata harvesting (OAI-PMH). Service providers and libraries can use the protocol to harvest the metadata of the records from DOAB for inclusion in their collections and catalogues.
Base URL: http://www.doabooks.org/oai
Metadata format: All books in DOAB are available in Dublin Core oai_dc and MARCXML formats.
Sets: All subject areas and all publishers in DOAB are defined as a set.
Few examples using OAI verbs and parameters
ListRecords verb: from date
ListRecords verb: specific publisher
Harvesting records in MARCXML format:
Libraries and aggregators can also download the list of records in DOAB in a comma-separated format. Then they can import the file to Excel or some other software program for further use.
All metadata feeds are available under a CC0 1.0 license.
Click here to create a DOAB search box on your own website, such as this one:
DOAB determines requirements for participation by publishers, in consultation with the participating publishers and DOAB Advisory Board.
Publishers who wish to take part in DOAB must fill in the application form. In this form they describe their license policy (or policies) and their peer review procedures. This information is reviewed by DOAB. After approval publishers get access to DOAB admin tool where they can upload their books.
Publishers are responsible for their own information about their company and their publications. They are requested to upload the information about their books themselves. Publishers receive an account where they can upload and edit their information. There are two basic methods to upload the metadata of books: