How to import data
"Why import data in the first place?"
If you are working with an existing dataset or dealing with a collection of specimens labels, published references, or field notes, it might be easier to organize data in a spreadsheet and then import multiple nodes at once. Similarly, if you (as a researcher or collections manager) are working with volunteers, you can ask that they enter data into a spreadsheet that you can check before importing into the database; this will let other people participate in adding to the database without the fear of messing anything up. After a certain number of records, organizing data into spreadsheets and then importing becomes more efficient than manually entering each piece of data as you come across it.
Data are imported using the Feeds module on a node-type by node-type basis.
To remove as much manual data entry as possible, data imports should be made in the following order as needed, e. g, , if all of the people referenced in your Specimen import are already in the database, there is no need to worry about importing People nodes. Click each node type below to see the documentation on importing those types of nodes.
1 Biblio - Manual input until 7.x-2.x is released.
3 Project - Manual input unless import is needed in the future
6 Collection Event
7 Specimen - in progress