"Running" :Attempting to Upload or Link to Library of Congress Name Authority File

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Rachael Woody

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Apr 20, 2018, 7:49:51 PM4/20/18
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Hello,

We're running the most recent instance of AtoM (2.4) and I'm testing the import of a few Library of Congress (LOC) terms we want to use. I've attempted to follow these instructions: https://www.accesstomemory.org/en/docs/2.4/user-manual/import-export/import-export-skos/#import-export-skos. The jobs show a "Running" status and never complete.

Here is a link to the LOC name authority I've been testing with: http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n83163473.html and a link to the .rdf file: http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n83163473.rdf.

Attached is the .rdf file and the two "Running" reports I receive when I attempt to upload via file or weblink.

Can anyone provide insight as to what I may be doing wrong?

Thank you,

Rachael Woody
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Rachael Woody

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Apr 20, 2018, 8:10:09 PM4/20/18
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An interesting update. When navigating Manage>Taxonomies>Actor Entity>Corporate Body - I see the authority name I've been attempting to import. In fact, I see it twice - once for each upload attempt I'm assuming?

It appears the term import is working, but I'd still like to solve why it shows "Running" instead of successful?

Thank you,

Rachael Woody

Dan Gillean

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Apr 23, 2018, 12:45:04 PM4/23/18
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Hi Rachael, 

There are a couple things going on here that I think are causing the issues. 

First, it appears that you are trying to load an authority record for the Burlington Northern Railroad Company. However, you are trying to load this into the Actor Entity Types taxonomy. This taxonomy is only used to provide the controlled terms that appear in an authority record edit template for Type of entity: 


So even if it succeeded, you would not be able to use it as a regular authority record - it would not appear in Creator and Name access fields, or in the authority record search/browse pages. Authority records in AtoM are their own entity type, different from terms. The following diagram is not comprehensive of all entity types in AtoM, but it covers some of the major ones: 


An authority record is an Actor in the AtoM data schema. You can read more about main entity types in AtoM here: 
Read more about managing authority records in AtoM here: 
Authority records in AtoM do not support SKOS import. Right now, you can import authority records in AtoM either using our CSV templates, or as EAC-CPF XML. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be one of the metadata options available for download on the LoC Name Authority Files. 

Even if we had SKOS import for authSKority records, the file you tried to upload was not purely SKOS - it is predominantly MADS RDF with some SKOS data embedded. There is a purely SKOS RDF/XML file available on the same page, but if you look at the metadata included, you will see that it is much more limited - because MADS has been developed specifically to capture authority record data, but SKOS is intended to capture controlled vocabulary terms, and as a standard its available metadata fields are much more limited. ​

It's possible that because the XML found was unexpected, the job may not terminate properly. If you need to kill the job, you can use the following command. Be aware that this will kill ALL running jobs! 
  • php symfony jobs:clear

For now, unfortunately your best bet for getting local versions of LOC name authority files into AtoM will probably be to recreate them manually via the user interface. You can use the Source field to capture information about where the data is derived from. Sorry it's not ideal! 

Regards, 

Dan Gillean, MAS, MLIS
AtoM Program Manager
Artefactual Systems, Inc.
604-527-2056
@accesstomemory

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Rachael Woody

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Apr 23, 2018, 9:11:09 PM4/23/18
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Dan, thank you for your thorough and helpful response. I will work with my team to see how we want to proceed with manual entry.

Rachael
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Rachael Cristine Consulting


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