US university picks Innovative Interfaces tool for repository harvesting

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St. Lawrence University in the USA will use Encore Harvesting Services from Innovative Interfaces to produce a single unified search of its OAI-PMH-compliant collections.

The first collection to be harvested is an institutional repository of seven regional liberal arts schools, called LASR (Liberal Arts Scholarly Repository). This is described in Qualified Dublin Core on a Dspace platform. The second collection is an image and video database of the university's art gallery. This is described in Qualified Dublin Core and/or VRA Core on a CONTENTdm platform.

'We want to use Encore to make these unique, local collections available through a single search just like any other collection we make available, such as our books and e-journals,' commented university librarian Bart Harloe. 'Putting images in the Encore environment also makes the experience more dynamic and more visually stimulating. We will even include art produced by our students. In the future, we will extend the Harvesting Services project to include local, archival material.'