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Collection building and management

Create and organize collections

Supports personal project space and shared projects. A centralized queue allows for final review or editing by a collection administrator. To support collection building with groups and multiple workflows, CONTENTdm includes tools to build distributed collections, Web-based import and digital import through the OCLC Connexion client.

Add items and metadata to your collections fast

Items can be added singly or using batch processes and tools that make it easy to add and process thousands of digital items at once. Metadata templates speed and standardize the entry of descriptive, technical and administrative metadata. Also, you can import existing metadata into CONTENTdm. Built-in editing tools and controlled vocabularies aid in cataloging. The software includes ten integrated thesauri from the OCLC Terminologies Service. Additionally, you can import or develop your own controlled vocabulary.

Transfer project templates

When projects require similar settings, such as image rights or administrative metadata, settings can be transferred or copied. This saves setup time and eases collaboration between organizations sharing the same CONTENTdm server.

Manage complex media types, including audio and video

CONTENTdm can store any file format. It can also display any file format that can be displayed in your browser either natively or via a plug-in. This includes all common formats such as JPEG, GIF, or TIFF images, WAV or MP3 audio files, AVI or MPEG video files, PDF files, and more.  

Extend your CONTENTdm website

CONTENTdm has a well-defined query API that allows for development of custom interfaces to display your collections. The API is available to any user who wants to make advanced customizations to their website. Current users utilize the API to integrate their CONTENTdm collections with Drupal, WordPress, Google Maps, VuFind and shopping carts.

Learn how your collections are used

The Reports Module gives you insight into how your collections are used and accessed and integration with Google Analytics allows you to construct detailed reports to analyze your collection usage.

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End-user experience

Optimize search and view

CONTENTdm includes an interface for discovery and sharing, as well as social features for commenting, tagging and rating digital items. You can guide the search experience by configuring which metadata fields to display in results grid and QuickView. End users can use simple or advanced search depending on their needs and can include all, some or one collection in a search.

Browse collections easily

One-click access to images, documents, audio or video files, and their associated metadata helps users who are unfamiliar with a collection browse, rather than formulate specific searches.

Full-text searching

CONTENTdm supports full-text searching with integrated OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities. When viewed, items prepared with this feature will display highlighted search terms within the image.

Save items for reference and presentations

End users can save items and their metadata in the CONTENTdm Favorites for presentations or reference. Favorites can be exported to a Microsoft® PowerPoint® file (.pptx) for use in presentations or for other offline purposes.

See CONTENTdm in action!

Browse hundreds of unique collections of digitized library materials in the "collection of collections."

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