Contributed by: Patrick Galligan, Digital Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center
The ArchivesSpace Integrations sub-team supports the ArchivesSpace community by taking a transparent approach to documenting the integration of outside systems with the ArchivesSpace application. The sub-team meets once a month and we make our meeting notes and 2017-2018 work plan publicly available. We work with the ArchivesSpace membership community, ArchivesSpace developers and staff, and the greater ArchivesSpace community at large to identify, track, and facilitate integrations work at all stages of development. We’ve defined integrations as the bringing together the systems or sub-systems of at least two disparate applications into a single functioning unit to harness the power of both systems in one place.
The 2017-2018 Integrations Sub-Team roster includes:
- Megan Blair – St. Edward’s University South Texas
- Max Eckard – University of Michigan
- Patrick Galligan – Rockefeller Archive Center
- Maggie Hughes – University of California Los Angeles
- Jason Loeffler – American Academy in Rome
- Dustin Stokes – Atlas Systems, Inc.
We fulfill our mission of supporting integrations work in a few different ways. First and foremost, we attempt to gain as much information about new integrations as possible, track these integrations, and then disseminate that information as much as possible to the larger community. We see ourselves as facilitators supporting those that want to work on integrations. We have an ArchivesSpace Integrations Information form where anyone can submit their integrations information for display on our Integrations List. This page contains pertinent information about integrations that the sub-team has either created or gathered from others: a definition of systems integrations, why you might want to integrate with ArchivesSpace, how to integration with ArchivesSpace, and the full list of systems integrations that we know. While we try to list every integration, we’re dependent on the community to tell us about what you’re working on, so if you don’t see your integration here, either reach out through the form or email. We need your help!
Besides gathering and disseminating information, we act as a resource to those currently working on integrations, either through conversations about best approaches or more in-depth testing and looking for bugs. Recently, the sub-team helped test a Collectionspace-ArchivesSpace integration from the Litchfield Historical Society, and then invited the project lead to one of our monthly calls to discuss the process, learn a little bit more about the integration’s code, offer feedback and advice for moving forward, and finally to find out more about how we can help nascent integrations projects like this one. When the integration is ready for release we’ll also help spread the word about its existence and hopefully answer as many questions as we can. For larger projects that are just starting out, we can help garner community support or help, provide guidance on determining scope and writing specifications, and hopefully help set up a successful integrations project.
Ultimately, we see ourselves as a bridge between the larger ArchivesSpace community and independent developers, and we hope to increase our engagement with those community members interested in integrations. We’re a resource here for any who need us, so don’t be shy about leaning on us for help!
Patrick Galligan is the Digital Archivist at Rockefeller Archive Center. Patrick oversaw the RAC’s migration to ArchivesSpace from Archivists Toolkit, and is a member of the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Committee, the Integrations Subcommittee, and the Development Prioritization subteam.
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