[Clipart] bulk upload

John Olsen johnny_automatic at mac.com
Fri Nov 23 16:58:44 PST 2007

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> Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 09:44:48 -0700
> From: "Gerald Ganson" <Gerald.Ganson at rdc.ab.ca>
> Subject: Re: [Clipart] clipart files
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> If we manage to put together all the files from both the old and  
> the new
> site, we may get to a very large size, so we may reconsider what a
> release is and provide different packages. But before this, we really
> must put all SVGs in one single place.
> A feature which could help *a lot* would be batch import (personally I
> am reluctant in re-uploading some hundreds of files manually, one by
> one).
> nicu :
> ---------
> FYI - any mass import will now have to be capable of filtering out
> specific submitters as well, since I've taken this opportunity to  
> clean,
> arrange, and fix some things in some of my older submissions, now  
> that I
> am getting more skills in SVG.
> Mine are almost completely re-uploaded to the new site, so it will be
> best to filter mine out in a batch upload.
> Gerald_G

If someone has an idea how to bulk upload the old archive and retain  
all the existing tags and authorship then I haven't seen it offered  
up here.   The archive has sat there a long time without anything  
being done to move it to the new site.  It doesn't seem trival when  
one thinks about it.  As we have the current site set up the author  
would need to either be linked to an existing "person" on the current  
site or have one generated based on the name in the author field (but  
under a bulk upload it would be an unverified account).  This seems  
like the kind of fuzzy logic not best down by an automated process.

Given the situation I started doing some manual cleanup of the  
archive.   I'm not a coder, just a design guy willing to put in some  
volunteer time. Eventually I separated these into author files which  
I have posted ( http://tinyurl.com/2bu2ue ).  I was encouraged to  
spearhead the movement of the files to the new site by Jon.  Much  
talk has gone on about this but no bulk solution offered.  Even if  
one was offered that solves a lot of the issues with a bulk upload,  
these files still need to be reviewed and cleaned up by some  
librarian here.  As Gerald points out, a lot of the old files could  
do with some cleanup, need better tags or document boundaries.  So a  
lot of manual labor is going to be needed.  We librarians can upload  
our own stuff and at the same time remove its unchecked status.   
Anyone with admin privileges can help the work load by uploading  
their old files and checking them in themselves.

I understand that a few people like Nicu have a significant amount of  
work to upload.  So did Gerald.  But most of the 400 or so different  
authors there have very reasonable amounts of work.  The majority  
being just 1-2 files. http://openclipart.org/wiki/Authorlist I  
imagine many of these people are long gone and not on this list.  I  
don't know what the plan is for those people, but at some point maybe  
we will have a bulk upload option and just place anything that hasn't  
been uploaded by current users.

If we use the Roadmap and track who has uploaded their folder full of  
files then those could easily be pulled out prior to any bulk  
upload.  So I think that would help with Gerald's concern.

Related to this, Jon can we set up an admin account that is "Public  
Domain" or Anonymous" so we can upload the files that have no clear  

John Olsen

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