In the simplest terms, the knowledge in IssueLab belongs to all of us. And its value comes through its exchange. That’s why we encourage you to harvest, embed, syndicate, and share it further.
Our application programming interface (API) lets you access IssueLab’s entire metadata collection at no cost. All you need is a free API key to get started. Grab our metadata in XML or JSON and use it in your web applications. Or create a valid RSS feed based on IssueLab’s data that’s ready for public sharing.
For a brief introduction to what our API provides, just get started. Otherwise, you can read our full API guide which provides a detailed explanation of the parameters and data that are available to you, including plenty of examples to illustrate how to construct API requests.
ISSUELAB’S OAI DATA PROVIDER SERVICE
In addition to our API, IssueLab uses an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to further enable access to IssueLab’s metadata. Although the name is a mouthful you can think of the OAI as an old-school API. It is a protocol developed to let repositories talk to each other. The protocol depends on data providers and data harvesters. IssueLab hosts a data provider, and anyone can use their data harvester to grab our metadata in XML format. You can grab just one record, records categorized under a particular issue area (or “set” in OAI-PMH parlance), and more. Our OAI data provider is not as flexible as our API, but it is an effective sharing method. We use it to interface with OCLC’s Worldcat system which supplies titles to terminals in over 10,000 libraries around the world!