[Archivesspace_Users_Group] question about exporting ref ids and related q about component unique ids

Noah Huffman noah.huffman at duke.edu
Tue Sep 15 14:14:57 EDT 2020

Hi Wendy,

Your method would work and it generally describes a workflow we’ve used from time to time.

To simplify getting the refIDs and other component metadata out of ASpace and into CSV, you might consider installing this plugin: https://github.com/hudmol/digitization_work_order

There are other ways to use the API to batch create/link DOs to archival objects depending on your use case, workflow, and your comfort level writing scripts and working with the API, but integrating the plugin above into the workflow you’ve described is probably the easiest way to batch create and link DOs using the staff interface…at least as far as I know.


Noah Huffman
Archivist for Metadata, Systems, and Digital Records
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University | 919-660-5982
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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] question about exporting ref ids and related q about component unique ids


In v2.8, I want to import digital objects and associate them with existing archival objects without having to do these associations manually DO by DO. The only way that I can see how to do this would be to export a collection in EAD format, transform the EAD into csv or xls, copy the ref ids into the DO import spreadsheet, fill out the rest of the DO spreadsheet, and import the digital object spreadsheet.

My questions are:
1. Will this method I've described work?
2. Is this the easiest way to accomplish the task through the staff interface?
3. If not, would someone point me to instructions on a better way to do it?

And, a related question:
4. Is there a way to make Component Unique Identifiers replace auto-generated ref ids?

Many thanks,
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