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

VivianLea.Solek at Kofc.Org VivianLea.Solek at Kofc.Org
Fri Jul 14 15:57:20 EDT 2017

Hi Bobbi,

...so this would get our raw data from Excel into ASpace without going through an EAD transformation?  I'm migrating from an
ANCIENT DOS system which I've been able to get out to excel.  Once I have that cleaned up, if I and my IT partner can skip
the transformation step, that would be beyond fabulous!  There are only 15 fields to come over, so it would be very easy to
map them to your template.

Looking forward to your response, which might make my whole month!

All the best,

VivianLea Solek
Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives

Knights of Columbus Museum
1 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511-6702
Phone 203 752-4578
Fax 203 865-0351

From:	"Fox, Bobbi" <bobbi_fox at harvard.edu>
To:	"archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org" <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>,
Date:	07/14/2017 03:44 PM
Subject:	[Archivesspace_Users_Group] A plugin to support bulk uploading of Archival Objects via Excel Spreadsheet
Sent by:	archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org

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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