This section is strictly for technical developers. It describes the basic Application Programming Interface (API) for the RLO repository, which at the moment is relatively rudimentary. You can query the database via URL querystring and return data (for now) as a RSS feed. This feed is 'enriched' with Dublin Core metadata, with DC elements in the <channel> and <item> nodes as well as the standard RSS elements (see the feed source for details). The feeds are thus harvestable by repositories and directories (eg Jorum), and of course you can subscribe to them in a simple RSS newsreader.
Note that this API is still very rudimentary and under construction. I hope to produce a more powerful API for the RLO repository in the near future, once certain 'political issues' at work have been resolved.
You can generate your own RLO newsfeed using the following URL:
with one or more of the following querystring parameters.
The number of items (RLOs) to display in the feed. If you exceed the number of released RLO titles, this will reset to all RLO titles
Which field to order the results by. Options are:
List results by ascending or descending order. Two options:
Database ID of subject classification. Options (subject number in parentheses):
There are a few example URLs below to give you an idea:
See also the subject links on the main RSS feeds page.