Since we first made CORE public, we’ve had a number of repository managers ask if we are harvesting their particular repository data. We’ve also sometimes come across issues harvesting content that we want to feedback to the repository manager (or other relevant staff). In order to be able to answer such questions, and to be transparent about what CORE is doing – what we have harvested, where we have encountered problems etc. we’ve now released a ‘Repository Analytics’ dashboard.
In the two previous blogs posts in this series (Finding fulltext and What does Google do?) I’ve described some of the challenges related to harvesting metadata and full text from institutional repositories. I’ve omitted some of the technical issues we’ve encountered (e.g. issues with OAI-PMH Resumption Tokens) as generally we’ve been able to work around these – although I may come back to these at some point in the future. Also worth a read is Nick Sheppard’s post on the UKCORR blog touching on some of these issues.
This is the second post in a series about the issues CORE has encountered trying to harvest (and build services on) metadata and fulltext items from UK HE research repositories. The first post “Finding fulltext” looked at the problems of harvesting fulltext due to variations in how links are made (or not) from metadata records to fulltext content.
In this post I want to consider the question of what services like CORE are allowed or permitted to do with repository content. A third post will then describe some of the solutions to the various challenges we see.
In order to be able to provide the search functions, similarity measures and other functionality CORE harvests both metadata and fulltext items from repositories. This raises questions about whether we are allowed to harvest metadata or fulltext items, and if so what are we allowed to do with them once we have harvested them. In the first phase of CORE we relied on OAI-PMH to harvest metadata, and then used links from the harvested records to try to discover the related fulltext item.
This is the first in a series of blog posts looking at these issues, the problems we’ve encountered and the solutions we have put in place (so far). In this post I’m going to focus on the question of finding fulltext items from the metadata. This wasn’t always straightforward. Not all repositories link to fulltext records from the metadata in the same way, and in many cases there is no direct link from the metadata to the fulltext reocrds, but rather a link to the repositories webpage for the record, rather than to the full text.