Exporting to XML

CONTENTdm provides three XML export options:

Standard Dublin Core XML. Exports according to a standard proposed by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards.

CONTENTdm Standard XML. Exports data, including compound object structure, using native CONTENTdm tags. Allows you to specify an XML header, including adding an XSL style sheet.

Custom XML. Allows you to determine the XML tags used for each field name. Also allows you to repeat fields that use identical XML tags or combine fields that use identical XML tags. When exporting fields with controlled vocabulary, allows you to repeat or combine fields that contain multiple controlled vocabulary fields.

For more information about the exported fields for this option, see Choosing a Metadata Export Mode.

Standard Dublin Core XML

You have no configuration options when exporting your metadata using the Dublin Core XML format.

To export metadata as Standard Dublin Core XML:

  1. Open CONTENTdm Administration by clicking CONTENTdm Administration from the Administration menu within the Project Client. Or access CONTENTdm Administration by navigating with your browser to:

    http://your.server.address/cgi-bin/admin/start.exe

  2. Click the Collections tab and then click Export. The Export metadata page opens.

  3. Select XML, and then choose Standard Dublin Core XML. Click Next. The Export successful window opens.

  4. Save the file by right-clicking on the link and using your browser's save function.

CONTENTdm Standard XML

Exporting metadata as CONTENTdm Standard XML is similar to exporting metadata as Standard Dublin Core, except that after you select XML and choose CONTENTdm Standard XML, you have an opportunity to enter an XML header.

This metadata option exports all metadata within a CONTENTdm collection, including compound object structure, links to thumbnails and display images and links to archival files. (For compound object metadata, you can choose to export all page-level metadata or the full text field only.)

With this option, you can add a style sheet that allows you to convert the XML to other formats, including METS.

To export metadata as CONTENTdm Standard XML:

  1. Open CONTENTdm Administration by clicking CONTENTdm Administration from the Administration menu within the Project Client. Or access CONTENTdm Administration by navigating with your browser to:

    http://your.server.address/cgi-bin/admin/start.exe

  2. Click the Collections tab and then click Export. The Export metadata page opens.

  3. Select XML, and then choose CONTENTdm Standard XML. Select a page-level metadata option and then click Next. The XML Export – CONTENTdm Standard page opens.

  4. Enter the XML header, including the option of adding an XSL style sheet. Then, click Export. The Export successful window opens.
  5. Save the file by right-clicking on the link and using your browser's save function.

Custom XML

When using the custom XML option, you enter the XML tags for the fields you are exporting. The tags must be in the format specified by the third-party software that you are exporting to. If you do not wish to export a field, leave the XML tag name blank.

Compound object structure cannot be exported using this format. Optionally, you can export page-level metadata for items that are part of compound objects, however in the export those items will not be organized within the context of the compound object structure.

To export metadata as Custom XML:

  1. Open CONTENTdm Administration by clicking CONTENTdm Administration from the Administration menu within the Project Client. Or access CONTENTdm Administration by navigating with your browser to:

    http://your.server.address/cgi-bin/admin/start.exe

  2. Click the Collections tab and then click Export. The Export metadata page opens.

  3. Select XML, and then choose Custom XML. Click Next. The XML Export – Custom page opens.

  4. Type XML tag names for the fields you wish to export.

  5. Determine how you want repeating fields handled in the export.

    • If you want to repeat fields that use identical XML tags, select Repeat fields that use identical XML tags.

    • If you want to combine fields that use identical XML tags, select Combine fields that use identical XML tags.

  6. Determine how you want controlled vocabulary terms handled in the export.

    • If you want to repeat fields that contain multiple terms, select Repeat fields that contain multiple terms.

    • If you want to combine fields that contain multiple terms, select Combine fields that contain multiple terms.

  7. Click Export. The Export successful window opens.

  8. Save the file by right-clicking on the link and using your browser's save function.