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[EP-tech] Sub types on fields



So, I’m trying to sort out an issue in our EPrints where we have two ISSN fields – a Print ISSN and an Online ISSN. The problem with these is that neither of these fields are the ACTUAL ISSN which causes some issues on both output as well as making adding records clunky to ensure that academics put their ISSN in the correct field.


What I’m looking at doing is adding a “Type” dropdown to the Print ISSN definition that can toggle the ISSN to Print or Online, change the phrase on the Print ISSN field to just identify it as an ISSN (it’s already repeatable) and make sure that the ISSN field is included in the export. There are a few potential “gotcha’s” with this that I’m concerned about.


·         Will doing this jeapordise the existing data in any way?

·         If I set the default to “Print” will this default any pre-existing records to a Print type?

·         At the moment we’re looking at manually moving the Online ISSN’s over to the new field, however if there is an easy way to consolidate these two fields I’m all ears! J


Thanks in advance!



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