It's my first time here, so please be gentle with me
I've just downloaded Harvester today to my Macbook to test it out, prior to deploying it on a couple of websites I run. I was very impressed by the ease of installation - no editing of config files, no chmodding, no database setup, truly wash 'n' go. It seems to work fine accessing the OAI service (http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk:8080/test/IntraLibrary-OAI
) of the test repository of the organsation I do some work for (http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk
), and it's harvested the records fine. However, I know that the objects in that repository are catalogued with the UK LOM Core, because I've added some myself and because that's the default schema for the repository software, Intralibrary (http://www.intralibrary.com
), but in the Manage Archive form the only schema available is Dublin Core. Searching for "metadata format" on this forum dug up a thread which appeared to say that other schemas need plugins installed, but if the repository supports schema X then Harvester will go ahead and download it. Is this the case, or do I need to find the appropriate schema plugin and install it manually? Does Harvester rely on the repository to tell it which schema is being used?
One suggestion for the user interface - as it can take ages to harvest a large collection, it might be worth while having a 'progress bar' of sorts, or just a simple 'Fetching archive data - please wait' notice, appear. At least on OS/X with Firefox, the only indication I've got that something's happening is the standard browser 'loading' message in the status bar. At least, until I looked in the mySQL tables and found loads of records. This isn't a criticism, though - it's great software, and has saved me an awful lot of PHP programming.
Finally, is there an index anywhere of OAI-PMH archives together with their OAI-PMH service URLs? OAIster has a list of archives (http://www.oaister.org/viewcolls.html
) but the archive info doesn't include the service URL - you have to go to the archive itself and trog around its website to find a service URL, if there is one.
School of Nursing, University of Nottingham, UK