Credentialing organizations must frequently make the same change to a group of items. While it is possible to open and modify each item, this can be labor intensive and subject to human error.
Bulk Update is an alternative to changing items one by one. The update is faster overall and has no chance of updating an item differently. A bulk update consists of two parts: the bulk update specification and the list of items to update.
The Bulk Update Specification
A bulk update specification identifies the item data elements to change. Many item data elements can be changed through Bulk Update but some cannot. For example, content, rationales, and keys cannot be changed. This stands to reason as Bulk Update applies the same change to all items, and it would not make sense to apply content change to different items.
The table below identifies the item data elements Bulk Update can change. Note that in some cases a bulk update adds new information to the item, and in other cases it replaces existing information.
|Item Writer ID||Change the identity of each item’s item writer to this value.|
|Keywords||Add a list of keywords to each item.|
|Comment||Add a new comment to each item’s comments history.|
|Actual Difficulty||Change the value of each item’s actual difficulty to this value.|
|Enemy Item ID||Add item IDs to each item’s list of enemy items.|
|Item Status||Change the status of each item to this value.|
|Approved Reference||Add approved reference with citation to each item.|
|Reference Note||Add a reference note to each item.|
|Classification||Add a classification set to each item.|
|Technical Accuracy Review Date||Change the date of each item’s technical accuracy review date to this value.|