CONTENTdm od OCLC pomáha sprístupňovať špeciálne zbierky na internete

From abroad

Russ Hunt
Product Specialist · OCLC (UK) Ltd
 Birmingham, United Kingdom

979>preklad článku (Mgr. Daniela Tóthová)

Impressive Spanish map collection visible worldwide

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Until 2007, people had to visit the map library of the Institut Cartografic de Catalunya (ICC) in Barcelona, Spain to view their impressive collection of over 300,000 maps and 250,000 aerial images. The ICC was concerned about the continual handling of these precious, and often delicate, materials. However, they wanted to increase access to their collections.

Today, these unique maps and images are available on the Web and can be viewed anywhere there is a computer and internet connection—thanks to the staff at the ICC and OCLC’s CONTENTdm® Digital Collection Management Software. Now visits to the digital collections outnumber visits to the map library 40:1. Approximately 1,800 different digital maps are downloaded monthly from the ICC Web site at, whereas only 150 reproductions are requested of the map library in the same time period.


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“After an assessment of a number of digital collection management solutions on the market, both ‘off-the-peg’ and proprietary,” says Rafael Roset, head of the ICC digital map library, “We chose and implemented CONTENTdm as the most comprehensive solution enabling libraries to store, manage and deliver their digital collections to the Web. CONTENTdm needs less tinkering to install than other solutions.”


More about CONTENTdm

CONTENTdm—available through OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative— is a single software solution that handles the storage, management and delivery of digital collections to the Web.  It seamlessly grows with projects, eliminating the need to purchase and support multiple software packages for different digital collections. It also offers full support of Unicode, enabling libraries to provide access to collections in any language. Institutions of all types—from smaller cultural institutions to larger universities—have found CONTENTdm easy to implement and use.

CONTENTdm offers flexible workflow options and a variety of productivity tools. To support multiple workflows and collection building, digital items can be added from anywhere using the CONTENTdm Project Client, a powerful desktop client, or through a Web browser using a simple Web form. Once item acquisition and metadata entry are complete within a project, the items are uploaded to a centralized pending queue for final review or editing by a collection administrator before being added to the collection.

CONTENTdm also streamlines workflows. Tools such as batch processes, wizards, controlled vocabularies, templates and spreadsheets assist in building collections quickly. Items can be added singly or in batches. Batch processes and tools make it easy to add and process thousands of items at once. Templates help to speed and standardize the entry and extraction of descriptive, technical and administrative metadata. Built-in editing tools and controlled vocabularies aid in cataloging, and allow users to make global changes to metadata within live collections.

Once in CONTENTdm, digital collections can be searched via the Web using standard Web browsers by any number of end users, unless libraries choose to restrict access. Offering item- and collection-level security, CONTENTdm can ensure digital resources are available only to specified users or IP addresses.

Used by more than 2,000 institutions worldwide, CONTENTdm is helping to bring digital collections to the Web and into WorldCat® via the Digital Collection Gateway.

About the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway

Through CONTENTdm, libraries may add their collection metadata to OCLC’s WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive bibliographic database with more than 180 million records. Then, through, WorldCat’s online catalog records and holdings information are discoverable by Web users globally.

The Gateway provides a self-service tool for uploading the metadata of unique digital content to WorldCat. It offers a Web-based interface that allows library staff to choose when to upload metadata and how records will appear in A preview of the metadata in a display enables libraries to select the right content and appearance for their digital collections. Previously available only to CONTENTdm users, the Gateway will soon make it possible for any library with OAI-compliant digital collections to upload metadata to WorldCat.

Once you have enabled the Gateway/WorldCat synchronization, end users can search, discover and retrieve digital items through and on the Web, and then view your actual digital items. Your records also retain their local identity while maximizing the global visibility of your digital collections.

Institutions widen access to their unique collections

The following three institutions, The University of Warwick, Catalan Institut del Teatre and the University of Oxford, use CONTENTdm software to manage their digital collections and share them on the Web.

The University of Warwick’s Marandet collection of late 18th and early 19th century French plays is a unique resource and one of the most significant collections of its kind. The University decided that this unique material needed to be digitized in order to preserve, improve usability and widen access to create a truly international collection.

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Stuart Hunt, Data Services Manager at the University explains: “We selected CONTENTdm for its versatility in the types of media that it could handle, the speed at which a collection could be built up and its value for money.”

Where once academics and researchers had to leaf through very old and fragile copies of the scripts, they now have online access to fully-searchable digital copies via CONTENTdm.

Stuart adds: “CONTENTdm made it easy to quickly establish a digital presence for selected parts of our special collections. It is an essential tool in exposing our research collections in French Revolutionary and post-revolutionary drama. We are now able to provide full-text access to materials where previously this was not possible.”

The library also has added the collection’s metadata to WorldCat through CONTENTdm. Through, Warwick University is able to make their collections even more visible on the Web.

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The Barcelona-based, Catalan Institut del Teatre is a cultural institution with a long history of training in the various specialties of the performing arts and the research, promotion and dissemination of theatre.

The school’s own Research Centre and Museum of the Stage Arts (MAE) has a magnificent collection of theatre paraphernalia consisting of posters, designs for scenery and scenography, costumes and puppets.

“Thanks to CONTENTdm we can display our collections without moving them an inch or risking damage to the fragile items,” Anna Valls Pasola, director of the Documentation Centre and the Museum of Performing Arts.

So far, over 20,000 objects are on display on the MAE’s Web site. The MAE will continue adding objects to the existing digital collections and also open up new collections like photos, audiovisual materials and programs to students, researchers and a worldwide public.

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The University of Oxford’s ‘First World War Poetry’ and ‘Great War’ Digital Archives hold over 7,000 and 6,500 digital images respectively, and both use CONTENTdm to store, manage and make available online, these highly-valued collections.

The ‘First World War Poetry Archive’ builds on the success of the University’s existing Wilfred Owen archive, already referenced by teachers and researchers worldwide.   Highlights of the collection include poems, maps, letters and diaries from various eminent ‘front line’ poets.  The works of Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, Robert Graves, Isaac Rosenberg, Vera Brittain and Roland Leighton appear alongside other contextual and teaching resources such as photographs, audio and film material.

In addition, the University’s ‘Great War Archive’ site brings together thousands of digital images of items submitted by members of the public.   The majority of these images are of treasured family heirlooms, which have never been on public display until now.  Due to the nature of these materials, they were previously widely dispersed and in a fragile condition.

After assessing various solutions available, the University chose and implemented CONTENTdm because of its flexibility as a system for the delivery of digital collections to the Web.  “We chose CONTENTdm as it best suited our requirements for customization and the many ways in which data can be exported” explained Michael Loizou, Oxford University’s Technical Lead.

Today, institutions all across Europe use CONTENTdm software for their special collections in order to improve their visibility and to widen access via the Web. To search or browse a sampling of the thousands of collections created by the CONTENTdm community, visit

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 171 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. For more information, visit the OCLC Web site.