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How to Import Content
You can import content to an exhibit from any publication in your DC repository, including pulling from multiple publications into a single exhibit. And they don’t all have to be the same publication type—you can combine imports from an image gallery, book gallery, series, etc.
You are able to import items from your Digital Commons repository to either of the following:
- an existing exhibit
- a new exhibit that you create in the importing process
To import items, select Exhibit Admin in the admin sidebar, then Import Content.
On the resulting page, enter the URL of the Digital Commons publication from which you want to import. To import from multiple publications into one exhibit, repeat this process for each publication. To import a single item, enter the URL of the DC article page.
Next, select the exhibit into which you’d like to import items. To create a new exhibit, enter an exhibit title in the text field and select create new exhibit. If you leave the exhibit title blank, the title of the DC publication you’re importing from will be used.
Check the Publish checkbox if you’d like to publish your items automatically to the front end. Otherwise, items will be private by default and can be published later.
Importing a publication will import all items and all available metadata fields (those available via the Digital Commons API) from the chosen publication and create pages in the exhibit for them.
You may select which metadata fields display on item pages by checking or unchecking fields on the exhibit edit page, as described in Customize Exhibit Settings.
To see a list of items that have been imported into your exhibit, click on Pages in the sidebar, and then on the arrow to the right of the exhibit.
You’ll then see a list of all the items that have been imported.
If you created an exhibit while importing content, you can customize your new exhibit by clicking Pages in the administrator sidebar and then clicking the pencil icon next to the title of your exhibit. See Customize Exhibit Settings for more details.
What Carries Over from DC?
If the content is available in Digital Commons (DC), with a few exceptions, it will be brought over when importing to DCX.
Unavailable content cannot be imported to Digital Commons Exhibits. Unavailable content includes DC publications or items that are hidden, under embargo, or under access control. In addition, primary files won’t be brought over if they have their download button suppressed (this is done by selecting Metadata only in the Download Link Behavior Tool, which is found on the item’s View Revisions screen in DC).
Suppressing the download button as just described also prevents native streaming files from streaming on the item page in DCX.
Content that is not imported to DCX, even when available in DC, includes: Additional files (also known as supplemental content) and collected content, which is content that has been collected from one DC publication to another using the Collection tool. You may import collected items from their original publication rather than the one where they are collected. Also, certain metadata fields—those not exposed via the Digital Commons API—do not carry over.
Default Behavior and Display of Imported Files
- PDFs: Full PDF previews will display on item pages. Thumbnail of the first page (following the auto-generated DC cover page) will display on exhibit pages.
- Images: Thumbnails will display on exhibit pages and item pages.
- File type placeholder icons will display for other file types besides PDFs and images.
- Native streaming video/audio files will stream on item pages.
- “No item available” will display for items without primary files, or for which primary files are hidden or suppressed in DC.
You can add a custom thumbnail to any imported item to override the default thumbnail or placeholder; see Customize Item Pages and Thumbnails for more information.