Technical options


There are a variety of technical options for contributing to DigitalNZ Search. From time-to-time we also run special projects that you can contribute content to, such as the Mix and Mash initiative.

Harvesting options

Here are the different ways you can contribute data about your digital material to DigitalNZ Search:

  • XML Sitemap: An XML Sitemap is a file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site). An XML Sitemap is quite different from the commonly known ‘sitemap’ that is for a list of pages of a website. We can set our harvester to check out your XML sitemap and pick up any new content that appears. Here is an example of what an XML site map looks like on the DigitalNZ website.
  • RSS feed: We can use RSS feeds for quick daily harvests of your metadata. The RSS feed needs to point to the stuff that you want us to be harvesting. Here is an example of a feed we use to harvest from Quakestories
  • OAI-PMH: Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting is the most efficient harvest method because it can be scheduled to run regularly and automatically pick up only new or modified records. OAI-PMH is aimed at institutional repositories containing digital content. You can learn more about OAI-PMH at www.openarchives.org Here is an example of what the data in OAI-PMH looks like from Kete West Coast.
  • API: An Application Programming Interface puts data into a format that can be easily connected to or built upon. API’s often return a set of results in XML format which can be easily consumed by our harvester. Here is an example of an API that we use to harvest from the Victoria & Albert Museum.
  • A File: You can also send us either a list of links, or an xml file, of your content. We can use this to extract what we can from your web pages. We would only usually use this method if your site isn't being updated regularly. This is because you would have to keep letting us know when your site needs updating.
  • Hosting Options: If your content doesn't have a home then you could look into our Shared Repository service. Contact us to discuss if it's suitable for your satiation. 
  • Partnering with Others: You might be interested in partnering with one of the collaborative initiatives we work with to harvest content. For example, KRIS, APNK Kete and NZ Museums.