Web-based content, from single documents to entire Web sites, is highly transient and at a greater risk of being lost, yet often falls directly within your organization's collecting scope. With OCLC's Web Harvester, Web content can be captured and managed as part of your cataloging and digital content management workflows.

Integrated workflow

OCLC's Web Harvester enables catalogers using the OCLC Connexion client (version 2.1+) to harvest content from the Web, review it and then add the harvested items to collections during the Connexion cataloging process.

By integrating digital collection development and capture with standard cataloging workflows, the Web Harvester provides you with an additional option for expanding participation in growing and maintaining your digital collections.

Enhanced discovery

Each harvested item added to CONTENTdm using the Web Harvester is associated with its WorldCat record via a persistent URL based on the OCLC number of the WorldCat record.

Harvested items are discoverable from your CONTENTdm Web interface, as well as, WorldCat Local and OCLC FirstSearch.

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Added Benefits

Web Harvester users also are able to use the Connexion digital import feature, allowing you to submit your digitized materials to your CONTENTdm collections.  You may also ingest the master file of your harvested content into OCLC's Digital Archive.

And, since the Web Harvester uses CONTENTdm, you have full access to its complete set of digital content management features.

How it works

  1. Using Connexion client, create a new WorldCat record, or locate an existing record, describing the Web-based content you want to capture.
  2. Enter the parameters for the harvest, as well as Issue, Title and Date (if you are harvesting an issue of a serial).
  3. Submit the harvest.
  4. Review the harvest to make sure the content is correct.  
  5. Submit the content to a CONTENTdm collection and, optionally, to the Digital Archive. Upon submitting the content, the 856 link in your bibliographic record is automatically updated and the bibliographic record is mapped to Dublin Core for inclusion in CONTENTdm.
  6. End users can now access your content via, WorldCat Local, OCLC FirstSearch and your CONTENTdm Web interface.

The Web Harvester requires CONTENTdm 4.3 or later, an OCLC Cataloging subscription and the use of CONTENTdm Hosting Services.