The Harvesting Process

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

  • 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.