The AvantImport plugin supports import of metadata and files from a CSV file.

AvantImport is a derivation of CSV Import+. It was created for use with the Digital Archive. Compared to CSV Import++, AvantImport has a much simpler user interface because it presents far fewer options, only those useful for import into the Digital Archive. It also has more robust detection and handling of invalid input, and only allows import of CSV files that are in UTF-8 format. It requires UTF-8 to ensure that CSV text with non-ASCII characters (such as letters with accent marks) can be imported without triggering a MySQL error.

Configuration options

AvantPlugin has just one configuration option.

Use this option to specify which CSV columns correspond to which Omeka elements. Specify one column/element mapping on each line as shown in the example below.
RecNo: Identifier
STDNAME: Standard Name
MS NAME: Manuscript Name
ALIAS: Alias
GENDER: Gender
DATE: Event Date
PLACE: Place
EVENT: Event
DOC TYPE: Event Type
ETHNICITY: Ethnicity
KINSMAN: Kinsman

To learn how to use AvantImport, see how to import CSV data.


The AvantImport plugin requires that the AvantCommon plugin be installed and activated.


To install the AvantImport plugin, follow these steps:

  1. First install and activate AvantCommon
  2. Unzip the AvantImport-master file into your Omeka installation's plugin directory.
  3. Rename the folder to AvantImport.
  4. Activate the plugin from the Admin → Settings → Plugins page.
  5. In the Omeka files folder, create an import folder


Use this software at your own risk.


This plugin is published under [GNU/GPL].

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.

  • Modifed by gsoules based on CSV Import+ by Daniel Berthereau

  • Copyright Center for History and New Media, 2008-2016

  • Copyright Shawn Averkamp, 2012
  • Copyright Matti Lassila, 2016
  • Copyright Daniel Berthereau, 2012-2017
  • Copyright George Soules, 2020
  • See LICENSE for more information.