After trying a monthly change log once some month ago, we have unfortunately been rather lenient with notifying everyone of new features and updates in the last months. To approach betterment, here there is a list of the updates of November 2022 the form of screenshots. As a very large update is upcoming in the next days, a separate post on the updates of December 2022 will follow tonight.
Batch updating object information
Instituion-wide settings and adding new objects
In other news
The calendar feature (accessible under the puzzle symbol in the main navigation) can now display tasks or make them subscribable via WebCal (thus implementing a “reminder” as had often been requested)
PDF of all linked information is now in A4 and uses a two-column layout
“Simple A5 PDF” now covers inventorization fields on rear side
If two actors have been joined and one has an old links to the page of the actor now deleted, one is now referred onwards to the new, single actor entry. The same works with transferrals between vocabularies (an actor that was transformed into a tag, etc.).
JSON-based settings for specific institution pages have been removed
Bulk download of object images
An overlay with a message from the museum can be displayed during batch downloads (see above)
Almost completely rewritten
The served page now is completely static and all checks and conversions run directly in the browser. This way, no uploads actually happen and the application is completely uncritical to the server’s security. On the other hand, this allows for installing CSVXML as a progressive web app and using it offline.
We also added some explanatory texts did small updates to the design of the page. A footer now links to the source code and offers to refresh all cached contents of the page (this may be useful when visiting the page after a long time, as the whole application is cached in the browser for offline use).
A new check also checks for the file encoding. A warning is provided if the data does not appear to be UTF-8-encoded.
CSVXML is now released open source under the AGPL.
While the individual parsers for the different export formats are updated very often, the core scripts of the importer are very stable. November 2022 however came with a large update to these core sections, as more categories of data that had not before been covered by the importer (many of them new) can now be imported:
Contact information (e.g. for object owners; loan partner institution)
Object’s movement log
Minimum and maximum temperature, humidity, and lux of an object
Events / Appointments
In terms of the parsers, we extended the LIDO parser to cover the new fields suggested by the upcoming EODEM standard for exchanging loan object information.