Making MODS

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To generate MODS from Excel spreadsheets one will need Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, a solid text editor and [http://lb-416-003.lib.ua-net.ua.edu/notes/?f=Archivist%20Utility.txt Archivist Utility].
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To generate MODS from Excel spreadsheets one will need Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc (optional), a solid text editor and [http://lb-416-003.lib.ua-net.ua.edu/notes/?f=Archivist%20Utility.txt Archivist Utility].
  
 
*OpenOffice Portable is freely available [http://portableapps.com/apps/office/openoffice_portable here.]
 
*OpenOffice Portable is freely available [http://portableapps.com/apps/office/openoffice_portable here.]
** We have found that we generally get better results in creating tab delimited text files (necessary for Archivist Utility) from OpenOffice, given the greater number of export options.
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** We have found that export of tab delimited text files (necessary for Archivist Utility) from OpenOffice gives a greater number of export options than Microsoft Excel.
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** Having said that, one may wish to try exporting from Microsoft Excel first for the sake of convenience.
  
 
*Notepad++ Portable (a great text editor) is freely available [http://portableapps.com/apps/development/notepadpp_portable here.]
 
*Notepad++ Portable (a great text editor) is freely available [http://portableapps.com/apps/development/notepadpp_portable here.]
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A brief, Microsoft Word '''tutorial''' describing the steps to generate MODS is available [http://intranet.lib.ua.edu/wiki/digcoll/images/8/80/MakingMODS.docx here.]
 
A brief, Microsoft Word '''tutorial''' describing the steps to generate MODS is available [http://intranet.lib.ua.edu/wiki/digcoll/images/8/80/MakingMODS.docx here.]
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*Note: the tutorial demonstrates the workflow with OpenOffice Calc, but as mentioned prior, Microsoft Excel is a viable option in nearly all cases.

Revision as of 12:34, 25 June 2010

  for information on how to upload MODS, see Uploading MODS

To generate MODS from Excel spreadsheets one will need Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc (optional), a solid text editor and Archivist Utility.

  • OpenOffice Portable is freely available here.
    • We have found that export of tab delimited text files (necessary for Archivist Utility) from OpenOffice gives a greater number of export options than Microsoft Excel.
    • Having said that, one may wish to try exporting from Microsoft Excel first for the sake of convenience.
  • Notepad++ Portable (a great text editor) is freely available here.

The portable versions can easily be installed without the need for assistance from IT staff.


A brief, Microsoft Word tutorial describing the steps to generate MODS is available here.

  • Note: the tutorial demonstrates the workflow with OpenOffice Calc, but as mentioned prior, Microsoft Excel is a viable option in nearly all cases.
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