The workflows present in the CARARE system cover the flow of information from the content providers’ native repositories (in their native schemas) to Europeana (EDM) via the CARARE aggregation service.
The full workflow of the CARARE system has been documented. It is supported by two applications, the MINT service and the MORE repository, and is composed of four distinct components: the MINT mapping and ingestion preparation workflow, the MORE publishing workflow, the MORE repository functions workflow, and the Europeana harvesting workflow. The complete CARARE metadata workflow can be summarised as follows:
Case 1: If content providers expose their content to the MINT tool.
- The MINT tool harvests the content, uses the provider's mappings to transform the content (converts it into CARARE records) and packages it using the SIP format.
- The MORE repository harvests the SIP package and ingests its content into the repository.
- The MORE repository makes the necessary transformations (converts the CARARE records to EDM) and exposes them to the Europeana harvester.
Case 2: If content providers expose their content directly in the CARARE schema through OAI.
- The CARARE repository can harvest the CARARE records directly making all necessary transformations (into EDM) and exposes them to the Europeana harvester
The CARARE system architecture, composed of the MINT mapping and ingestion preparation tool, and the MORE monument repository, provides for an end-to-end workflow ensuring delivery of content providers’ metadata, originally provided in native XML records, to the Europeana harvester, in EDM format. It caters for the necessary transformations and provides quality assurance, monitoring and reporting facilities to ensure that the metadata is well-formed and complete.
The content providers workflow is described in this step-by-step guide to how to prepare content and metadata for harvesting by CARARE and for Europeana.