Working with Media Assets as a Contributor

Last Updated: May 18, 2017 09:33AM PDT

This document assumes that the media items are ready to upload and publish. It is also recommended that the relevant media-level metadata is prepared and collected at this point. It is best practice to enter media-level metadata now, but it can be added later if needed.

There are two ways to access the media import feature: as a Mukurtu Administrator through the Dashboard, and as a Contributor through the Digital Heritage Item editor. They both work functionally the same and offer the same controls and features. This document shows how to add media assets as a Contributor.
To see how to add media assets as a Mukurtu Administrator, read the support article Working with Media Assets as a Mukurtu Administrator.


The media importer is accessible through the create/edit digital heritage item page and is present on the right hand side of the screen. Clicking the top-most tab on the panel (the ‘list’ icon) will open up the media library of previously uploaded media assets.



Clicking the other icons (one each for audio, files, images, and video) will open up the media importer and begin the media asset upload process.

Select the appropriate media type. Only media assets of one type can be uploaded at a time (image, audio, video, document), but different file formats of the same media type can be uploaded at the same time.



Multiple files can be uploaded at a time. Files can be added by browsing through the importer, or by drag-and-dropping from the computer. At the bottom of the importer window is a list of compatible file formats. Click on Add Files to locate the files on the computer.



After all files to be uploaded have been selected, click Start Upload. Progress of each file upload will be shown in the browser - do not navigate away, close the window, or click Continue until ALL files have finished uploading. Depending on file size and number of files, this may take a little while.



When all files have been uploaded, click Continue



Now media-level metadata can be added. Only Title is a required field, but it is best practice to include as much metadata as possible about the media assets. Metadata is entered individually for each item. Media-level metadata for each file now can be entered manually now, or batch imported later if many media assets will need metadata.



When all metadata is entered, click Finish. Media assets and metadata will be saved and a confirmation page will be displayed. The media assets can now be used in digital heritage items, or to customize the site.




To add a recently uploaded media asset to a digital heritage item, open the media library by clicking the list icon, then drag and drop the thumbnail into the Media Assets box. To add more media assets, click Add another item, and repeat the above steps as needed.