[Archivesspace_Users_Group] A plugin to support bulk uploading of Archival Objects via Excel Spreadsheet

Fox, Bobbi bobbi_fox at harvard.edu
Fri Jul 14 15:43:54 EDT 2017

Library Technology Services, which supports the Harvard Library, is pleased to announce the availability of a new plugin, aspace-import-excel, available on GitHub at https://github.com/harvard-library/aspace-import-excel .

Using the provided spreadsheet template, users can go to  a Resource, and either add or insert the set of  Archival Objects that have been defined in the spreadsheet.

Please note carefully the following paragraph in the README:

                The intention is not to completely reproduce a Finding Aid as presented in an EAD XML, or to allow for every permutation of Archival Object creation within ArchivesSpace. We are aiming for the "80% rule"; that is, at least 80% of the work that would be done interactively can be replaced by an excel spreadsheet; additional refinements to individual archival objects (such as addition of agents-as-subjects, assignment of locations to top-level containers, etc.) would take place interactively.

Installation information is on the main README file, with User Documentation at https://github.com/harvard-library/aspace-import-excel/blob/master/user_documentation/USER_DOCUMENTATION.md , including workflow, step by step usage, and extensive (exhaustive? :-) explanation of the Spreadsheet Template.

This plugin was designed to aid the Harvard Library archival community, but we hope that it may be useful to other archivists in the ArchivesSpace community.

Pull requests welcome.  If you encounter problems, please create an issue on the GitHub repository.

Bobbi Fox, Maintainer

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