Advanced import overview
If you are uploading a large number of items, you can use our advanced import feature to submit items in bulk. Prepare your metadata in CSV or XML format, and upload the file to your items manager. In parallel, upload media files such as images, audio, videos or documents. Once both steps are complete, all items will be available in the items manager.
Expand the sections below to learn about each part of the advanced import process:Select and prepare media files
In your collection, gather all your image and audio files for import. Videos must be uploaded via YouTube.
In addition to uploading your media files, prepare a metadata file to provide the information that describes your content (e.g. the title, creator and description). This will make it possible for users to find and discover the content on your site.
The Cultural Institute platform supports CSV and XML data formats for metadata upload. We recommend using the CSV format.
Once your media and metadata files are ready, use the advanced import option to bulk upload all items in one go. The information included in the metadata file will then automatically appear as item details.
After uploading, you can modify/update items individually using the items manager, or update the media or the metadata files by following the advanced import process again.
You followed all the steps above meticulously but you are getting an error? No worries, it happens: it could be something as tiny as a typo in your CSV file or an image named incorrectly.