ArchivesSpace is announcing the availability of v2.8.1. You can download it at

This release includes improvements to the spreadsheet importer, additional settable record type preferences, some bug fixes and small feature improvements, and a number of infrastructure upgrades. Included among these are some performance, indexer, and small backend and staff interface improvements courtesy of work Hudson Molonglo did for ArchivesSpace member institution Queensland State Archives as part of a larger project.

For spreadsheet importer fans: Some changes have been made to the spreadsheet importer in this release to extend its functionality and improve its performance, especially with large spreadsheets. Of particular note: there is now a validation option so that a user can do a test run with a file, providing the opportunity to clean up any errors outside ArchivesSpace before doing the actual import; the importer now accepts either Excel spreadsheets or CSV files that use the templates at; and, while it is accessed from a resource record or resource component as before, the import now runs as a background job so that it can more easily handle large files and to make the log file downloadable and saved within ArchivesSpace. Also, a number of bugs that were introduced with the conversion of the spreadsheet from a plugin to ArchivesSpace have been fixed for this release.

Thanks very much to community members Andrew Morrison, Blake Carver, Brian Harrington, Dee Dee Crema, Douglas Simon, Greg Wiedeman, James Bullen, Jeremy Markowitz, Joshua Shaw, Mark Triggs, Noah Geraci, Payten Giles, and Steve Majewski for their code contributions to this release. Program team members Lora Woodford and Mark Cooper wrote and reviewed code and supervised the work of Bobbi Fox and Brian Zelip, who worked with us as contractors on this release. This release would, of course, not have been possible without the hard work of so many of our community groups, including our Development Prioritization, Testing, Technical Documentation, and User Documentation sub-teams, and Core Committers Group.

Information on upgrading to a new version of ArchivesSpace is available at If you have any difficulties, please let us know.

Thanks to all for their help and support. We are expecting to put out one more release in 2020, which will be almost exclusively focused on changes to the Agents module. You will hear more from us about that in the weeks to come.

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