Best way to import items from a 1.2.1 database


I am in the process of converting an old Omeka site to the newest version. This has been a very arduous process, and I ended up creating a new site so that the newest version could run. My question is, what is the best way to import items from the old website? It is no longer "active", but I have all the files and a copy of the MySQL files associated with it. I have tried several different ways, but they seem to be a dead-end. Thank you in advance for your help!

One quick way to move items and files over is to use the OAI-PMH Repository on the old site, and OAI-PMH Harvester on the new site. Activate those plugins, and point the harvester to the url for the repository.

Keep in mind that this won't move things like simple pages or exhibits over. For that, it will be better to try to get the upgrade process to work.

Hi Patrick,

Thank you so much for your response. I cannot access the login page any longer and therefore cannot install a plugin. For whatever reason the site 'broke' when I was trying to upgrade from a very old version, and I ended up just starting from scratch. I do have the populated MySQL tables though, and I was wondering if that could assist me with repopulating the site.... thoughts?

Again, thank you so much for your help.

Trying to point a new Omeka 1.5.1 install at the old database (or a copy of that database) in its entirety is still probably your best bet here. We can probably help with whatever upgrading problem you were having.

Otherwise, it'll be pretty tough to just try to pick and choose things to pull over from your MySQL dumps. It could be done, but the system's not designed for that.