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Date & Time

  • May 9th 15:00 UTC/GMT - 11:00 EDT

This call is a Community Forum call: Sharing best practices and challenges in the use of existing DSpace features


We will use the international conference call dial-in. Please follow directions below.

  • U.S.A/Canada toll free: 866-740-1260, participant code: 2257295
  • International toll free: 
    • Use the above link and input 2257295 and the country you are calling from to get your country's toll-free dial in #
    • Once on the call, enter participant code 2257295

Agenda: Community Forum Call: What is Happening with Harvested Content/Metadata, and How Do People Use It?

Open discussion on harvested DSpace content and/or metadata.
Sharing best practices, challenges, and questions. The call will be dedicated to answering participants questions and discussing harvested content/metadata.

Preparing for the call

Bring your questions/comments you would like to discuss to the call, or add them to the comments of this meeting page.

If you can join the call, or are willing to comment on the topics submitted via the meeting page, please add your name, institution, and repository URL to the Call Attendees section below.

Meeting notes

Popular harvesting and ingesting technologies in DSpace include the OAI-PMH, OAI-ORE and SWORD protocol.

Automated ingest

Throughout the call participants emphasized ways of automating ingest and harvesting in DSpace. Popular platforms from which content is harvested from, or ingested into DSpace (or the other way around) include Symplectic Elements, BioMed Central, and Proquest.


In many cases participants decided to use workflows to assure content quality. Such workflows were primarily used when content is ingested in DSpace. In some cases attendees also had a workflow in the other direction. This is, before harvesters would be able to harvest content from their repository it would first have to go through an internal workflow in DSpace.

National Harvesters

Some participants had their repository harvested by a national platform, usually through the OAI-PMH and OAI-ORE protocol. Such national harvesters were usually put into place for funding purpose, so governmental instances could check on the executed (funded) research.

Call Attendees

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  1. I could not partecipate to the Call, but I could bring our use-case of a Regional Portal developed with DSpace that harvest and collect other
    Istitutional Repositories of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (a north-east region in Italy)

    The DSpace Portal is and more technical details

  2. Sorry I had to leave the call earlier but I enjoyed the fruitful discussion and made a few notes for myself to explore.

    To add to the 2nd part of the call re using repository content elsewhere - PubMed is now offering a LinkOut service to link to open access repository versions of records it lists. To apply see