The CRUD: Read Web service is used to get the description (that is, "read") of a target instance record indexed in a dataset belonging to OSF's Web Services Framework.

Developers communicate with the CRUD: Read Web service using the HTTP GET method. You may request one of the following mime types: (1) text/xml, (2) application/rdf+xml or (3) application/rdf+n3. The content returned by the Web service is serialized using the mime type requested and the data returned depends on the parameters selected.

For full documentation on this Web service, see CRUD Read.