Learning about CONTENTdm

CONTENTdm is a powerful application, with a Project Client and complementary Web services, used for importing metadata and items, and CONTENTdm Administration, from which you administer the server, manage collections, configure the website and work with items. With CONTENTdm, users can be assigned different rights, depending on their job responsibilities.

Project Client

The Project Client enables you to set up projects and import and catalog items before uploading them to the CONTENTdm Server. Items can be files consisting of one page or image, URLS when streaming media, PDF files, EAD files, metadata only or compound objects, consisting of two or more pages bound together with XML. Files can be archived when imported, which requires that the collection be configured to enable the Archival File Manager. Additionally, display images can be automatically created when adding full resolution images. A CONTENTdm user then uploads items from the project to the pending queue on the Server where they remain until they are reviewed and approved and become part of a collection.

The Project Settings Manager enables you to establish consistent processing and other settings to make your workflow efficient. For example, Metadata Templates are used to easily input identical metadata for items in a project. The metadata must be entered into the Metadata Templates before an item is added to the project. Metadata may also be added using the Item Editing tab or tab-delimited text files. You also can create image rights (banding, branding, watermarking) that can be reused consistently for a collection.

The Project Client offers wizards for importing an item, a finding aid, a URL, multiple files, a single compound object and multiple compound objects.

CONTENTdm Administration

In CONTENTdm Administration, you can administer the server, the collection, and the items.

With Server Administration, create new collections, delete existing collections, edit settings (including harvesting and the stop list), configure website settings, assign user rights, view reports, register your server and see server information.

With Collection Administration, configure collections (including field properties—setting full text searching and creating controlled vocabularies—display image settings, archival file management, image rights settings, and PDF conversion), configure website settings, view collection reports, and export data.

With Item Administration, approve items for a collection, build the text index, edit items, and unlock items. Create and edit items, one at a time, with the Web editor.