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[EP-tech] Re: Migrating from D-space (with files)

Hi George,

I've done this a couple of times.

I worked with (CSV) dumps of the DSpace database tables and wrote a script to parse/join them and convert the whole lot to EPrints XML.

If you are still looking for help I could dig the script out and you can see if you can adapt it to your needs.



Timothy Miles-Board
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From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk <eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk> on behalf of George Mamalakis <mamalos at eng.auth.gr>
Sent: 26 May 2015 4:48 PM
To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech]  Migrating from D-space (with files)

Hi all,

I assumed that this scenario should be very common, but after googling
it I realised that it's quite hard to find a straightforward answer.

So, the question is as follows:

What are the needed steps in order to migrate a D-space system to eprints?

I see that there is this import module
(./perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Import/DSpace.pm) in eprints, which (at first
glance) doesn't seem to handle files (maybe I'm wrong). Moreover, as it
is stated in the plugin, before migrating from D-space to eprints, one
should subclass it in order to "refine the grammar used". Of course,
from the admin interface I see that there is a D-space specific import,
which -if I understood correctly- is using the import plugin just mentioned.

Given these facts, for the meatadata I just have to subclass the
DSPace.pm plugin using the correct grammar? And then, what should I do
with associated files? Is there a way to merge this two steps in order
to avoid mistakes?

Thank you all for your time in advance,


George Mamalakis

IT and Security Officer,
Electrical and Computer Engineer (Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki),
PhD (Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki),
MSc (Imperial College of London)

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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