The Harvesting Process

How is data harvested from my collection to the BEN portal?

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  • BEN Project Manager asks each collaborator to determine whether a significant body of resources has been added or modified in the past quarter, and have been properly peer reviewed.
  • Collaborator responds, indicating readiness or lack of readiness for harvesting.
  • BEN Technical Staff use Harvester/Thresher administrative tools to harvest resources from Collaborator to the BEN staging site.
  • BEN Technical Staff prepare a report of all resources harvested from the Collaborator.
  • BEN Project Manager and Collaborator Project Manager review the resources on the staging site.
  • If some resources have technical problems, BEN Technical Staff re-harvest to the staging site, and another round of review begins.
  • If resources appear to be technically sound, BEN Technical staff use Harvester/Thresher administrative tools to harvest resources from Collaborator to the BEN production site.
  • Once resources have been harvested to the production site, BEN Portal end users may view them.


What are the prerequisites for harvestable metadata?

  • Metadata MUST includes required metadata fields.
  • Resource is peer-reviewed for scientific accuracy and educational value.
  • URL is well-formed and resolves to a proper digital resource.
  • Metadata is accurate, and lacks spelling and grammatical errors.


What happens when my metadata does not meet the requirements?

Your collection will not get harvested. Learn more about how to create a harvester component for your collection.


What does BEN LOM complaint XML look like?

View a sample OAI-PMH XML for BEN LOM.