The ArchivesSpace team is pleased to announce a release candidate, v3.0.0-RC1. You can download it at https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v3.0.0-RC1 or test it out without downloading at http://test.archivesspace.org/staff (username admin /password admin).
This release candidate centers around changes to the agents module of ArchivesSpace to make it more standards-compliant with EAC-CPF and the MARCXML format for authority data, enabling deeper and richer description of people, families, and corporate entities, their relationships to each other and their relationships to materials held outside ArchivesSpace. This work is the result of a community specification written through the participation of many users across the ArchivesSpace community, mostly notably Cory Nimer, Sue Luftschein, and Brad Westbrook. Through this work new fields and sub-records have been added to the agents schema, and staff and public interface views, imports, exports, and auxiliary functionality like agent merging have all been updated. There is also a new Light mode for agents, which provides the option for users to continue to work with agent records in the staff interface in a pared down view that is similar to that of ArchivesSpace versions prior to this one.
While the bulk of the changes in this release candidate relate to the agents module, the release candidate also contains improvements in some other areas of the application contributed by community developers and program team developers and contractors. Included among these are additional performance, backend and staff interface improvements courtesy of work Hudson Molonglo developers James Bullen, Mark Triggs, and Payten Giles did for Queensland State Archives as part of a larger project.
Every bit of testing and feedback helps us improves the release. We encourage you to test these improvements with your own data if you can. Some resources you may find helpful when testing include:
- Information from the webinar highlighting changes in v3.0.0: https://archivesspace.org/archives/6660
- Some new or updated user manual sections on the agents module (access requires your usual user manual login): https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/label/ArchivesSpaceUserManual/3agents
Thanks to the many community members who made contributions as we worked on bringing this expanded functionality to ArchivesSpace, including both individual archives staff and developers and our Testing and User Documentation sub-teams.
Please try this release candidate out and let us know at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org by April 7 if you notice any problems with the specific areas addressed in this release, or if anything that was working before no longer is. The results of community testing will help us determine a release date.
Please get in touch if you have any questions. Thanks as always for your feedback and support.