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    Admintrow (Admin, Viewshare) commented  · 

    Is this on the beta site or the normal site? Also, what browser are you using? I just tried this in chrome and it worked OK, so it might be a browser issue. It may also have just been a server issue that has since been resolved.

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    Admintrow (Admin, Viewshare) commented  · 

    Sorry you are having this trouble! Getting excel files to work can be a little tricky sometimes. There are just a bunch of strange things that can be going on below what excel is showing you.

    There is an example .xls file that should work for you linked from the import page. http://viewshare.org/import/ so if you go there, and download the example spreadsheet that should work for you as a template.

    Now aside from that, here is a small blurb from the user guide with guidance on excel files.

    "Simplistic Excel spreadsheets may be used to get data into Viewshare, but every version of Excel's proprietary format cannot be supported. Currently, .xlsx files are not supported, so be sure to re-save the files in an .xls version for upload. By "simplistic" spreadsheets, we mean that a single worksheet can have contiguous rows and columns that form a rectangle. This "rectangular spreadsheet" can have blank columns to the left and right and an optional title and subtitle at the top, as long as they are in single cells.

    Best results will be obtained from data files of 1MB in size or smaller. Larger amounts of data will result in significant time delays or even a failure to load the data set."

    There are still files that conform to those general principles that don't work. I have had a lot of luck in troubleshooting those files by 1. Saving them as .csv and then 2. Opening the .csv file and saving it back to a .xls (This generally has the effect of removing the strange excel stuff that lurks beneath the surface).

    Hope that helps!

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    Admintrow (Admin, Viewshare) commented  · 

    This is an issue with the structure of the data that comes in. My guess is that you pulled in a collection via OAI-PMH which pulled over the Dublin Core data. In this case, there are two different kinds of data in the coverage field (temporal and spatial) and you would like to break apart that field into two separate fields. It might be that there is a general need for the ability to break apart a field based on a rule to create two new fields that could then be used independently to power facets or displays.

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    Admintrow (Admin, Viewshare) commented  · 

    Thanks for this suggestion. We are currently exploring different displays that could replace the piechart. It is not nearly as flexible as we would like and it often creates problems (particularly in situations with long titles, or situations with 3 column layouts, or in cases when there are a large number of fields to chart.

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    Admintrow (Admin, Viewshare) commented  · 

    Thanks for the request. We are always interetsed in knowing more about what other kinds of data Viewshare users would like to load.

    One issue I would note here, is that Viewshare does not scale particularly well. Anything past a few thousand items becomes difficult to work with. Beyond that, it isn't very good at working with very large amounts of text related to individual items. So, the OCR data for something like 100 pages would likely be very slow.

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    Admintrow (Admin, Viewshare) commented  · 

    I've seen this happen a few times as well. If we get a few more folks that report this as an issue that bugs them we can think about getting it on the list of things to do. There is a difficult balance in all of this between overwhelming users with to many options and giving users the ability to have things look the way they think things should. Also, there is a question of what the UI for something like this would be.(I'm imagining being asked to pick a point on a slippy map and then Viewshare setting that center point.)

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    Admintrow (Admin, Viewshare) commented  · 

    Ok, so it looks like Viewshare isn't picking up most of the dates in the Zotero mods records. It is only getting <dateCreated> and most of the Zotero records use <dateIssued>, <copyrightDate> and <dateCaptured>.

    I have put in a ticket for the developers to think about this, but I would add that if we did get all those different kinds of dates into viewshare they would end up all being different data fields.

    All this said, I think there is a very straightforward solution for you. If you just do a find and replace in a text editor and change all of the other date types to <dateCreated> they should all come in quite nicely and come in as a single date category.

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