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Technical information about Summit

Simon Fraser University Library believes that institutional repositories like Summit should provide as many ways as possible to find items and to make items work with other applications.

Google Scholar

Items in Summit are indexed by Google Scholar. Summit exposes all metadata required by Google Scholar and exposes optional metadata when it is available.


Zotero can detect and parse metadata about items in Summit.


Summit can be harvested using the OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative for Metadata Harvesting) protocol. Our base URL is:

Currently, Summit can only expose Dublin Core metadata via OAI-PMH, but we are working on making other formats available.


Summit offers a few different types of feeds, which let you retrieve lists of items from our collections.

Basic RSS

The first is a standard RSS feed. Each collection browse page (like this one for SIAT Faculty Publications) provides a link at the top to an RSS feed of the ten most recent additions to that collection. The URL looks like this:


You can copy the feed's URL and add it to news readers like Google Reader.


Every feed has a number at the end of its URL (in the URL above, it's "30"). This is the collection's ID in Summit and can be found at the end of the URL for a collection. For example, the collection ID for this URL - - is "19". The collection ID is also used in the feeds described below.

Paged RSS

The second is a 'paged' version of the first feed. This one is in the format


and provides the ability to retrieve groups ("pages") of ten items by incrementing the value of "page". For example, if you wanted to get he first 10 items, the use 0; if you wanted the second ten items, use 1; if you want the third ten, use 2, etc.


The third type of feed gives you all the items in a collection in an Excel spreadsheet. This feed URL look like this:


The fields in the spreadsheet are author, title, date created, department, and URL.

Search results

You can also get a feed of the results from any search. This feed is specific to your search, not to a particluar collection. The link to the feed will appear after you run a search, just under the search box.