Soutron Import

OPAC Plugin for data transfer from Soutron data sets


This documentation describes the installation, configuration and use of the plugin. This plugin can be used to retrieve data from a Soutron system and transfer it to Goobi. Access to the Soutron catalogue must be guaranteed for this purpose.




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GPL 2.0 or newer



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The plugin consists of two files:


The file plugin_intranda_opac_soutron.jar contains the program logic and must be installed readable for the user tomcat at the following path:


The file plugin_intranda_opac_soutron.xml must also be readable by the user tomcat and must be located under the following path:



The configuration of the plugin is done in the following files located in the directory /opt/digiverso/goobi/config/.


In the file goobi_opac.xml the interface to the desired catalog system must be made known. This is done with an entry that looks like the following:

<catalogue title="Soutron">
    <config description="Soutron Library System"
      port="443" database="x" iktlist="x" ucnf="x" opacType="plugin_intranda_opac_soutron" />
        <searchField label="Identifier" value="12"/>

The attribute title contains the name under which the catalog can be selected in the user interface, address the URL to the GetCatalogue endpoint and opacType the plugin to be used. In this case the entry must be plugin_intranda_opac_soutron.

Only a search for an identifier is possible, so the other search options can be hidden. This is done within the <searchFields> block.

The contents of the Soutron record are mapped to the metadata in Goobi in the plugin_intranda_opac_soutron.xml file:

        <docstruct soutron="Item" ruleset="Item" />
        <docstruct soutron="File" ruleset="Item" />
        <docstruct soutron="Book" ruleset="Monograph" />
        <docstruct soutron="Photo" ruleset="Picture" />

        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Title']/vs/v[@seq='1']/text()" metadata="TitleDocMain" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='ISBN']/vs/v/text()" metadata="ISBN" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Notes']/vs/v/text()" metadata="Note" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Publisher']/vs/v/text()" metadata="PublisherName" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Language']/vs/v/text()" metadata="DocLanguage" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Subjects']/vs/v/text()" metadata="Subject" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Abstract']/vs/v/text()" metadata="Abstract" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Date of Publication']/vs/v/text()" metadata="PublicationYear" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Place of Publication']/vs/v/text()" metadata="PlaceOfPublication" />

        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Author']/vs/v/text()" metadata="Author" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Photographer']/vs/v/text()" metadata="Photographer" />
        <element xpath="./cat/fs/f[@name='Translator']/vs/v/text()" metadata="Translator" />


In the area <docstructs> the mapping of the individual document types is defined. For each value that can occur in soutron, a <docstruct> must exist. In the attribute soutron the name that is contained in the soutron record is entered, in ruleset the corresponding structure element from the ruleset is entered.

Then the mapping for persons and metadata is configured in <metadata> and <person>. Here there is a list of <element> with the two attributes xpath and metadata. In xpath an XPath expression is configured, which describes in which part of the XML document the content is expected. In metadata the name of the metadata is defined, in which the content should be written afterwards.


When you search for an identifier in Goobi, a request is sent to the configured URL in the background:[VALUE]

If a valid record is found, the record is searched for the field /soutron/catalogs_view/ct/cat/rt/@name. The value is compared with the configured <docstructs> list. If there is a match, the required structure element is created.

The configured XPath expressions configured for <metadata> and <person> are then evaluated.

The expressions apply to the element /soutron/catalogs_view/ct/. If data is found with an expression, the corresponding specified metadata is generated. For persons, the system checks whether the value contains a comma. If this is the case, first name and surname are separated by a comma, otherwise the value is interpreted as a surname.

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