Tutorial -- Exporting a Metadata Record

Now that our very minimal metadata record can be translated into a valid, but equally minimal, ISO metadata record, it's time to preserve our hard work. By that I mean copy the records from browser cache to your local storage.

Local storage can be a folder on your hard drive or anywhere on your local network, preferably a location that is backed-up periodically.

Open the Export Window.

  • Click "Export" on the Primary Navigation Bar.

Export Window
Image 1: Export Window

The Export Window is showing two panels; one for Metadata Records and a second for Contacts.

If we had defined a "Dictionary" there would also be a Dictionaries panel on the Export Window. Instead a banner is displayed proclaiming "No Dictionaries Found."

Selecting Records for Export

To select records (Metadata Records, Contacts, and/or Dictionaries) for export, simply click the checkbox in the left-hand column next to the items you wish to export. The selected records will all be bundled into a single export file. Bottom line, any record that is checked when you click "Export" will be exported.

It is not uncommon for a list of records to become too long to fit on a screen, particularly a list of contacts. To help refine a list, search controls have been added to the panels. Typing a string into one of these search controls will cause the panel to display only items with a match to the string. The search controls located below column names refine the list based on the column's contents. The search control located under the panel's Panel Title Bar refines the list based on a match in ANY of the panel's columns.

Search criteria can also be entered into more than one search control. The multiple search criteria are applied as a logical "AND" not an "OR". This means the selected items will need to match ALL the search criteria, not merely ANY of the criteria.

A checkbox in the panel's label row - identified as "Select All Items" in the screenshot above - will check or uncheck all items in the panel.

If you refine a list using search criteria, the "Check All Items" checkbox will still check or uncheck ALL rows in the panel, even those excluded by the search criteria.

Export All Export All Items

The "Easy Button." Export all items in the Metadata Records, Contacts, and Dictionaries panels, checked or not.

Export Selected Export Selected Items

Export all Checked items in the Metadata Records, Contacts, and Dictionaries panels.

Export all records.

  • Click the Export All button.

No questions asked! mdEditor just exported all the records we created. If you missed it, a file was just dropped into the "Downloads" folder on your hard drive.

The file was given a name using a format of "mdeditor-{date}-{time}.json". For example, my file was named "mdeditor-20180907-150907.json"; the date being September 7, 2018 and time 1:09:07 pm.

Placing files in the "Downloads" folder is the default setting of your internet browser. If you prefer you can usually change this location in your browser settings. Most browser preferences will even let you set a flag to ask for a file location and file name each time download a file.

It's now up to you. Move the download file to a safe location and give it proper name.

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