Depositing to the DRS

This section is concerned with the process of depositing digital objects to the DRS.

Who can deposit into DRS?

Any Harvard affiliate can contribute digital objects to the DRS (see the DRS Policy Guide for details). The actual deposit of objects can be performed by the Harvard affiliate, but more often is performed by a qualified deposit agent.

How are digital objects deposited?

A "deposit" to DRS includes one or more digital objects accompanied by administrative and technical metadata about the objects. This package of objects and metadata is called a batch. Authorized users can upload these batches to the DRS by secure FTP, or in the case of individual digital objects, by a web-based administrative interface called DRS Web Admin.

LTS has developed several tools to facilitate DRS deposit:

  • The DRS batch loader -- the primary method for depositing to the DRS. To use the batch loader requires the ability to use XML to encode batch metadata. Consult the DRS Load Manual for more information about the batch load process.
  • Batch Builder -- a desktop application that reads a source directory of still image or page image files and produces a deposit packages and batch.xml file for DRS batch deposit.
  • Dmart -- a unix command line tool that reads a source directory of audio files and produces an audio METS deposit package, mets.xml, and a batch.xml file for DRS batch deposit.

To register as a DRS depositor, see Becoming a Depositor.

What can be deposited to the DRS?

Library-like objects (materials with persistent value, intended to support research).