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OCLC Offers Web Harvester for CONTENTdm

OCLC ( is now offering Web Harvester, a new product that allows libraries and other cultural heritage institutions to capture and add web content to their digital collections managed by OCLC’s CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software. OCLC’s Web Harvester addresses the need to store and provide access to otherwise highly transient information resources that solely exist on websites.

OCLC’s Web Harvester evolved from collaboration with several state libraries, state archives, and universities over a period of 7 years. Participants emphasized the increasing importance of collecting and managing web-based content as information resources move online yet remain within libraries’ and archives’ collection scopes.

The Web Harvester is integrated into library workflows, allowing library staff to capture content as part of the cataloging process. The Web Harvester is accessed via the Connexion client, OCLC’s cataloging service, and it captures content ranging from single, web-based documents to entire websites. Once retrieved, users can review the captured web content and add it to a collection managed by OCLC’s CONTENTdm software, a complete solution for storing, managing, and delivering a library’s digital collections to the web. Once in CONTENTdm, the web content can be accessed and managed in conjunction with other digital collections. Harvested items are discoverable from, WorldCat Local, and the CONTENTdm web interface.

For additional security, master files of the captured content also can be ingested to the OCLC Digital Archive, the service for long-term storage of originals and master files from libraries’ digital collections. The Web Harvester is an optional product for current hosting users of CONTENTdm to expand their ability to collect, manage, and provide access to digital content.

Source: OCLC

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