Sep 1, 2010

How do the batch export utilities work?

The developer utilities enable you to export your current search results to a standard format so that you can import the results into various software packages. Currently, we've enabled batch export of citations (as RIS or EndNote XML) so that you can import your search results into bibliographic software (perhaps to include in a report).

What other formats are available?

ICPSR is working on a variety of study-level exports, including DDI2, DDI3, Dublin Core, and RIS/EndNote XML (for the citation of the study itself). We plan to have these done by the end of 2010.

How can I get more than 500 results in the batch export?

We had to put a limit on how much one could export to prevent search engine crawlers from slowing down our site by repeatedly hitting export links that taxed the server a lot. Thus we instituted the 500 cap on batch exports. To get around that, just do the following:

  1. Copy the link of the export you want.
  2. Paste the link into a new browser window.
  3. Add the following text to the end of the link: &paging.startRow=501
  4. Press "return."

This will cause the export to have results 501-1000. Adjust the number to get more. We could add a drop-down menu to enable this, but then the search engine crawlers would ping it repeatedly.