[Koha] Batch import-updating of existing biblios

Wagner, Jane jwagner at liblime.com
Wed Feb 23 07:07:04 NZDT 2011

Yes, that's a good point -- I didn't think about the bib merge tool.
However, if I remember correctly that would mean processing title records
one at a time -- no batch functionality.

And to confirm your suspicion, the "replace not overlay" happens even if
you're doing one record at a time.

Jane Wagner
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-----Original Message-----
From: koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz
[mailto:koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz] On Behalf Of Liz Rea
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 1:03 PM
To: hansbkk at gmail.com
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Subject: Re: [Koha] Batch import-updating of existing biblios

I'm told that you can do this more easily by uploading the new record into
Koha and using the 3.2 biblio merge tool to merge in the additional
fields.  This should allow you to combine choosing the fields you want.

Liz Rea

On Feb 22, 2011, at 11:54 AM, hansbkk at gmail.com wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 12:36 AM, Wagner, Jane <jwagner at liblime.com>
>> You can define matching rules on various indexed fields -- the most
>> are ISBN and ISSN.  However, what happens when you load a matching
>> is a complete replacement of the existing record.  It's not an
>> in the sense of keeping whatever fields are now present and adding new
>> ones.  Koha does not presently have that capability.
> Thanks for the clarification - I assume you mean not only in batch
> mode, but even one at a time
> 8-(
> So it seems I need to export my biblios merge/overlay the new data
> with an external MARC editor and then re-import. The silver lining is
> the certainty of having reliable matching data (most of my biblios
> have neither ISBN nor ISSN).
> So the question remains as to editor suggestions, especially if one is
> available that does handle batch updates; although if one is
> particularly good at one-at-a-time merging that's valuable information
> as well.
>> I'm aware of biblios.net and MarcEdit so far.
> I'm assuming bringing in whole new fields and adding new
> multiple-entry ones shouldn't be a problem, but I'd like to be able to
> specify the fields-in-common, as to which are OK to over-write vs
> which shouldn't be touched.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> Say I have a set of biblio records that are just the way I want them,
>> in the sense of the accuracy of the existing data in the currently
>> populated fields.
>> And I would like to "add value" to them later on - say I find a MARC
>> source that assigns subject headings in a way that I like, or adds
>> links to cover images, etc. looking to selectively overlay/insert a
>> subset of the new records into my existing ones.
>> How does Koha handle this?
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