Data providers

The Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) is actively seeking to establish new partnerships with collection stewards to provide access to more Middle East and North African cultural heritage resources. If you are a collection steward and want to explore the possibility of adding your collection to the DLME, please contact us. If you are aware of a collection that would be suitable for inclusion in the DLME, please use our suggest a collection form to bring this collection to the attention of our curators.


Partnering with the DLME will increase the visibility of your collections by exposing them to our active user base, enable rich interactions between your collection and other similar collections, and serve as an opportunity to improve the quality of your metadata via consultation with DLME metadata experts.


Each collection will be reviewed prior to inclusion in the DLME to ensure that the resources are of high research quality, meet the content and metadata standards (see below), and are within the subject scope of the DLME. We will consult with each potential partner about their collections and answer any questions they may have. If a partnership is mutually desirable we will help identify the best solution for harvesting the necessary metadata, map the records to the DLME metadata application profile, load it into the DLME staging environment, and work with you to review the records for quality assurance.

Once you have reviewed and approved the metadata presentation in DLME, we will load the records into the DLME production environment so they will be visible to users. We will work with you to identify an appropriate plan for refreshing the metadata, including re-harvesting and re-mapping the collection(s).

Content and metadata standards

The DLME has adopted the model of content tiers to define the minimum requirements for inclusion, identify desirable quality standards, and communicate the benefits to partners who adopt higher quality standards. The content tiers are described in the DLME publishing framework.