How to Batch Import Digital Heritage Items Only

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017 12:14PM PDT
Note: Mukurtu CMS uses CSV spreadsheets with UTF-8 character encoding. Some spreadsheet tools do not properly implement UTF-8 encoding. We have tested several tools and can recommend the following:
  • Google Sheets on Windows and macOS
  • LibreOffice on Windows and macOS
  • Apache Open Office on Windows and macOS
  • Excel on Windows (note that if a spreadsheet is incorrectly encoded in Excel, and then re-saved with UTF-8 encoding, despite showing the correct setting, the file may not actually be properly encoded. If this happens, copying and pasting the content into another tool such as Google Sheets usually corrects the encoding.)
  • Excel on macOS does NOT properly encode UTF-8 files, and will not work properly.
Note: this is the only method to batch upload digital heritage items in Mukurtu CMS 2.0.3 and below, but is also supported in 2.0.4 and above.
See How to Use the Zip Importer to Batch Import Content into Mukurtu for Zip import in 2.0.4 and above.
For a complete explanation of how to fill in the Mukurtu metadata fields in the digital heritage spreadsheet, see Digital Heritage Metadata Fields
This article assumes that all media assets have already been uploaded to the media library. For more information about uploading media see Working with Media Assets as a Mukurtu Administrator or Working with Media Assets as a Contributor

From the Dashboard, click Import Digital Heritage Metadata in the Batch Import Content box.



Click Download a template to download the appropriate version of the digital heritage metadata spreadsheet from your site.





The fields are not covered in depth in this article. A complete explanation of how to fill in the Mukurtu metadata fields in the digital heritage spreadsheet is available here: Digital Heritage Metadata Fields

Note: be sure to fill in the required fields (GUID, Title, Cultural Protocols, Item Sharing Settings, and Category).
Do not fill in the NID field.
Fill in all other fields as specified by your workflow and policies.
Save or export the spreadsheet as a CSV file (varies by software)



From the Dashboard, click Import Digital Heritage Metadata in the Batch Import Content box.



Click Browse.



Find and select the completed digital heritage metadata CSV file.



Click Import.



A confirmation message will display the number of digital heritage items (nodes) successfully created, and/or any errors or conflicts (these are useful if troubleshooting is needed).
Click Browse Digital Heritage to view the newly added digital heritage items.