[Archivesspace_Users_Group] New Digital Object records importing with incorrect "actuate" and "show" attributes

Bolton Kelly Doub bdoub at usc.edu
Thu Aug 12 17:11:22 EDT 2021

Hi All,

I recently used the bulk_import_template.xlsx<https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/tree/master/templates> to import some new archival objects along with a linked digital object attached to each new archival object. See attached for the spreadsheet that I imported.

The import successfully created the new archival object and digital object records. However, all of the new digital object records were created with the actuate_attribute set to "onLoad" and the show_attribute set to "embed." According to the documentation on the Import Archival Objects from Excel<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ArchivesSpaceUserManual/pages/1173913646/Import+Archival+Objects+from+Excel+or+CSV+File+from+v2.8.1> Help Center page, these two File Version attributes are supposed to import with values set to "onRequest" and "new" (not "onLoad" and "embed").

Is anyone else experiencing this? I searched Jira for open issues documenting this behavior and I didn't see any. The Digital Objects being set to "onload" and "embed" is causing display issues when viewing these records on our PUI (I can't click on the Digital Object URI and navigate to our Digital Library).

We are currently running ArchivesSpace v2.8.1. Thanks in advance for any help or feedback.


Bo Doub
Accessioning Archivist
USC Libraries Technical Services
University of Southern California
Pronouns: he, him, his
bdoub at usc.edu<mailto:bdoub at usc.edu>

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