Local File System Harvesting

This harvester will harvest metadata as XML files from a filesystem available on the machine running the GeoNetwork server.

Adding a Local File System harvester


Adding a Local Filesystem harvester

The figure above shows the options available:

  • Site - Options about the remote site.

    • Name - This is a short description of the filesystem harvester. It will be shown in the harvesting main page as the name for this instance of the Local Filesystem harvester.
    • Directory - The path name of the directory containing the metadata (as XML files) to be harvested.
    • Recurse - If checked and the Directory path contains other directories, then the harvester will traverse the entire file system tree in that directory and add all metadata files found.
    • Keep local if deleted at source - If checked then metadata records that have already been harvested will be kept even if they have been deleted from the Directory specified.
    • Icon - An icon to assign to harvested metadata. The icon will be used when showing harvested metadata records in the search results.
  • Options - Scheduling options.

  • Run at - The time when the harvester will run.
  • Will run again every - Choose an interval from the drop down list and then select the days for which this scheduling will take place.
  • One run only - Checking this box will cause the harvester to run only when manually started using the Run button on the Harvesting Management page.
  • Harvested Content - Options that are applied to harvested content.
    • Apply this XSLT to harvested records - Choose an XSLT here that will convert harvested records to a different format.
    • Validate - If checked, the metadata will be validated after retrieval. If the validation does not pass, the metadata will be skipped.
  • Privileges - Assign privileges to harvested metadata.
  • Groups - Groups can be selected from the scrolling list. When the Add button is pushed, a row of privileges will be created below the scrolling list for each group. Privileges can then be checked/unchecked for each group as required.
  • Remove - To remove a row click on the Remove button on the right of the row.
  • Categories
  • Select one or more categories from the scrolling list. The harvested metadata will be assigned to the selected categories.


  • in order to be successfully harvested, metadata records retrieved from the file system must match a metadata schema in the local GeoNetwork instance