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New OCLC CONTENTdm 5 Supports Unicode

OCLC ( has released CONTENTdm 5, a new version of CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management software that now fully supports Unicode, the industry standard used to recognize text in most of the world’s non-Western languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Greek, and Hebrew, among others. In direct response to input provided by more than 1,000 CONTENTdm users, OCLC development staff designed new features and improved existing features as part of CONTENTdm 5. The new release includes fundamental changes for both end users and libraries.

For end users, CONTENTdm 5 provides a new experience with powerful search improvements, including the integration of Find—the search engine behind OCLC’s Offering capabilities beyond full Unicode searching, CONTENTdm 5 also features faceted browsing to help refine search results, as well as relevancy ranking similar to what end users experience when searching and other popular search engines. These improvements are designed to ensure that a library achieves its ultimate goal for its digital collection—to help end users find, get, and use the digital items they need.

For libraries, the new CONTENTdm includes a totally redesigned Project Client, offering more streamlined collection-building workflows that will reduce the time needed to create a digital collection, reducing project costs and maximizing results. Other CONTENTdm 5 enhancements include a new reports module designed to better track and assess collection usage; nine integrated thesauri, which will improve efficiency by providing controlled vocabularies; and increased capacity that supports more collections, items, and metadata fields as well as larger volumes for batch processing. CONTENTdm 5 also offers improvements for handling EAD (Encoded Archival Description) files, including how finding aids are imported, displayed, and searched.

To see how some libraries are using CONTENTdm, visit More information about CONTENTdm can be found at

Source: OCLC

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