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Re: [EP-tech] What's the ideal method for importing records

I agree, and I’ve always gone from whatever to EPrints XML.  Attaching documents to EPrints is a little more situational.  Sometimes I’ve put the document XML in the eprint XML with a file path.  In cases where I have a folder full of documents with some kind of ID in the filenames, I’ve scripted the attachement of the documents.  See:






Adam Field
SHERPA services analyst developer



From: <eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk> on behalf of Matthew Kerwin <matthew.kerwin@qut.edu.au>
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Date: Wednesday, 1 March 2017 01:25
To: "eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk" <eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [EP-tech] What's the ideal method for importing records


I can’t speak to “best practice”, but we often have to do bulk imports/updates over dozens or hundreds of records.


Usually our data people give me a spreadsheet (they have templates for common sets of fields for common actions), which I convert to EPrintsXML using an arcane mix of scripts and manual tweaks, and then import using bin/import


Lots of --parse-only is used.




Matthew Kerwin | ITS-EIS:AS:LS | KG-SYN | QUT


From: eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces@ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Matthew Brady
Sent: Wednesday, 1 March 2017 11:01
To: eprints-tech@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] What's the ideal method for importing records


Hi All,


Just wondering how everyone handles importing of records into ePrints.

I have a situation where I have access to the metadata for over 1000 records to import, but the import process is still a little mysterious.. My last export/import was when we migrated from 2.x to 3.x.


I would prefer to create an ePrints XML structure, with as much detail as possible, and let ePrints ingest the records…, rather than skip the flat file creation and just cram it into the database..


But if anyone has any other thoughts on ‘best practice’, I would love to hear it, so let me know.






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