Web Accessible Folder

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A Web Accessible Folder (WAF) is a simple directory of files on a web server that can be

  1. accessed by users with a web browser,
  2. indexed by Google and other search engines,
  3. harvested by metadata discovery portals or other freely available utilities (e.g. wget, rsync).

WAFs provide a straightforward approach to build and maintain a repository or cache of metadata XML files in any format. They are used throughout the Enterprise Documentation System to hold collections of related records and to make those records available to the outside world.


See Web_Accessible_Folder_Tools for information about tools for processing metadata in WAFs.