The ArchivesSpace team is pleased to release version 2.2.0!
You can download the new release from Github at https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v2.2.0. Please see the technical documentation for information on how to upgrade your ArchivesSpace installations.
We are especially pleased because this release includes two new areas of long-desired functionality contributed by community members:
Tufts University subsidized a new assessment module, based very closely on a community-authored specification and hewing closely to the functionality previously available in Archivists’ Toolkit. The development was done by Hudson Molonglo. Dan Santamaria and Adrienne Pruitt took the lead on the Tufts side in working closely with HM developers James Bullen, Mark Triggs, and Payten Giles. They also coordinated putting the module out for wider testing, in which people at institutions including the Smithsonian, Smith College, University of Michigan Special Collections, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania participated.
Trevor Thornton of North Carolina State University and Noah Huffman of Duke University partnered to create an EAD3 exporter, based on a community-distributed specification. Trevor did the development and Noah did extensive and iterative testing. We are excited to have this first level of support for EAD3 in ArchivesSpace and see this as a building block for additional EAD3 support in future releases. Thanks also to Mark Custer at Yale for providing testing feedback.
Thank you so much to Dan, Adrienne, Trevor, and Noah for all their work in bringing these projects to completion and making the results available to the entire ArchivesSpace community. If your institution would like to get involved in subsidizing or working on development prioritized by the ArchivesSpace community, please get in touch with me or Laney.
This release also includes some bug fixes and improvements contributed by community members Steve Majewski, Chris Fitzpatrick, Mark Cooper, Payten Giles, and Christian von Kleist, as well as development work by our Tech Lead Laney McGlohon.
I want to note that this release does not include improvements to the relevancy ranking for search results in the new Public User Interface (JIRA issues: https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-201 and https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1882). Knowing how important this is for many users, we have prioritized it for a fix and been working on it since the tickets were first filed; unfortunately due to the complexity of the problem, we have not yet been able to address it satisfactorily enough to include a fix in this release. Rather than further delay releasing the new functionality that our community members have worked so hard on, we have chosen to put out this release now and will keep working on the PUI indexer issue. We intend to have another minor release, that hopefully includes those improvements, later in October or early in November.
Thanks as always to all who contributed to this release, by identifying needed improvements, writing specifications, writing code, testing, and providing technical support. We truly appreciate all that so many of you do in coordination with the ArchivesSpace team to make each release of the ArchivesSpace application possible.