The ArchivesSpace team is pleased to announce a release candidate, v2.7.0-RC1. You can download it at https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v2.7.0-RC1 or test it out without downloading at http://test.archivesspace.org/staff (username admin /password admin).
This release candidate contains program-led and community pull requests that provide feature enhancements, bug fixes, and documentation updates, as well as a number of infrastructure improvements, which were a significant focus of this release. This release candidate contains two larger areas of feature enhancement. One relates to recording information about language of description and materials to facilitate better standards compliance in these areas. Some information about the new languages functionality is available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/14UlJseFzGhsoEkiSVTidJMQXizFLPjXr2fuf2Pa5iGQ/edit?usp=sharing.
The second major feature enhancement is that resources and archival objects can now be represented by Archival Resource Keys (ARKs). ARKs can either be generated by ArchivesSpace or created outside the application. Some information on the new ARKs functionality is available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e0K2ZsSqWPxtKifCa_-ZyhAdyDJcJR0tA3S-N3X3FGU/edit?usp=sharing.
Thanks to the many community members who made contributions to the work reflected in this release candidate, including individual archives staff and developers, our Development Prioritization sub-team, Testing sub-team, and the Core Committers Group.
We’ll be collecting feedback through Monday, October 7. Please let us know at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org if you notice any problems with the specific areas addressed in this release, or if anything that was working before no longer is. Barring major issues, we expect to release v2.7.0 by mid-October.
New Webinar Series: Integrations with ArchivesSpace
ArchivesSpace is pleased to announce a new webinar series focused on Integrations with ArchivesSpace. Each webinar in this series will highlight an integration with another application used in archives that ArchivesSpace members have worked on or requested. The webinar series will feature both open source and proprietary systems. You can learn more about this new series and the first four webinars on the ArchivesSpace blog.
The first webinar in this series will feature an ArchivesSpace integration with Preservica, a digital preservation software solution used by archives and cultural heritage institutions across the globe.
Upcoming Webinar: Integrating ArchivesSpace with Preservica
October 1, 2019, 2-3pm ET (11-noon PT; 7-8pm BST)
Visit the ArchivesSpace blog for details.
Wendy Goodier (Preservica) and Erica Schumann (Preservica) will discuss the integration of ArchivesSpace and Preservica and demo the Preservica ArchivesSpace connector. This tool provides an easy and automated way to synchronize metadata and organizational hierarchy between the two systems, simplifying the ingest of digital content and preserving updates made after ingest. Users maintain the same ArchivesSpace record view across both physical and digital materials, avoiding the need to re-key metadata.
Sarah Cogley (University at Buffalo Libraries) will walk through her repository’s decision to use ArchivesSpaceand Preservica together. She will offer insight into the process of integration, including decisions that were made, lessons learned and how integration has made life easier. Sarah will also include a demo of the University at Buffalo’s integrated web presence.
A Q&A session will follow the presentations.
Wendy Goodier is a Product Owner at Preservica. Based out of the UK office, Wendy works closely with Preservica users worldwide to help understand their experience with the technology and how Preservicacan make their day to day easier. She works closely with customers, like the University at Buffalo Libraries, to keep the ArchivesSpace and Preservica integration up to date with any changes in technology or business needs.
Erica Schumann is Marketing Manager, North America at Preservica. As part of her role, Erica helps to highlight and share stories from Preservica users with the wider community to support best practice and peer engagement in digital preservation.
Sarah Cogley is the Digital Archivist for the University at Buffalo Special Collections. Sarah’s responsibilities include preserving, processing, and providing access to the collection’s unique digital resources, and providing leadership on digital collections and digital preservation standards and policies. Sarah previously held the position of Processing Archivist for University Archives, also at UB, and Assistant Archivist at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a Certified Archivist, holds the Digital Archives Specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists, and earned her MSIS from SUNY Albany.
Upcoming Webinar: Batch editing barcodes through the ArchivesSpace API
October 23th, 2-3pm ET (11-noon PT)
Visit the ArchivesSpace Blog for details.
Vakil Smallen, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Archivist at George Washington University, will walk through the steps of a workflow developed at GWU for batch editing barcodes in ArchivesSpace through the API. As a person with a limited technical background, Vakil will discuss how he found a solution to a common problem using tools previously unknown to him. He’ll offer ideas for others to get confidence and learn more when wading into similarly unfamiliar waters.
Vakil Smallen is the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Archivist at George Washington University, a position he has held since April 2019. Before that, he was the National Education Association Project Archivist at George Washington University for 8 years. He received his MLS from the University of Maryland. Vakil’s undergraduate degree was in English Literature and Language.
ArchivesSpace at ATALM
Jessica Crouch will be at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Annual Conference in Temecula, California, October 8-10. Come find her in the exhibit hall to talk about the ArchivesSpace application, our community activities, membership, and more.
ArchivesSpace Workshop at the Society of GA Archivists Conference
ArchivesSpace has partnered with the Society of Georgia Archivists to offer our one-day ArchivesSpace Intro training as a workshop at the Society of Georgia Archivists Annual Conference on October 16th. Registration is open to all conference attendees. You can register on the SGA website.
Add your ArchivesSpace to the DuraSpace Registry
With the merger of LYRASIS and DuraSpace as of July 1, 2019, ArchivesSpace now has access to a wealth of programs, activities, and resources previously offered by DuraSpace. One is the DuraSpace Registry, used by individuals and institutions to learn more about how open technologies are being implemented around the world. ArchivesSpace will now be included, alongside CollectionSpace, DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO.
Registration is voluntary, and ArchivesSpace membership is not required. Please use this form to participate. If you have questions, please contact Christine Di Bella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to welcome our newest members to our community! Our new members since August 31 include:
- Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA)
- Fudan University Library (Shanghai, China)
- Redwood Library and Athenaeum (Newport, RI)
As of September 30, we have 402 General members, 19 Educational Program members, and 3 Registered Service Providers. If you are interested in your institution becoming a member of ArchivesSpace, please email us at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org for more information.
ArchivesSpace monthly updates provide news about ArchivesSpace community and program activities and are sent to our member listservs, the ArchivesSpace Google Group, and SAA’s Collection Management Tools Section listserv, as well as being posted on the ArchivesSpace website. Please feel free to share this update with people you know who have an interest in ArchivesSpace but may not be on one of these lists.