Hello ArchivesSpace members,
The ArchivesSpace team is pleased to announce a release candidate, v3.4.0-RC1. You can download it at https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v3.4.0-RC1 or test it out without downloading at http://test.archivesspace.org/staff (username admin /password admin).
This release candidate includes many bug fixes and feature enhancements. Of particular note are enhancements related to creating digital objects and making it easier to identify digital content for and in the public interface. The most complex work relates to new functionality using the previously unused Make Representative button. Based on a community-authored specification, it is now possible to mark a particular file version on a digital object or digital object component for display on different types of records, including digital objects, digital object components, accessions, resources, and archival objects. Representative images also display in relevant browse and search result displays in the public and staff interface. Draft documentation for how to use this functionality is available for reference and comment.
Other enhancements for digital objects include the option to set a preference to spawn description fields from the linked accession, resource or archival object record when creating digital object instances; a View Digital Material section added to the “pill” for resource records in the public interface when there is digital content within the resource; breadcrumbs that make the context for linked digital objects easier to see in result displays; and a more recognizable generic button for digital content when an image cannot be shown.
Enhancements not related to digital objects but still significant include work submitted by Hudson Molonglo that it did for Princeton University to add local access restriction fields to the spreadsheet importers and RDE, and include URIs in EAD exports; more attractive print displays for records, including accessions; a new CSV import for standalone subjects; internal note fields for top containers and container profiles; and the elimination of a bug that caused hover text for the Help Center to sometimes appear at inopportune times.
A particular thanks to our Testing sub-team for their work testing individual JIRAs, the Make Representative functionality, and doing regression testing across the application. Additional thanks to our User Documentation sub-team for their feedback on the Make Representative functionality.
Because of the potential impact of the Make Representative functionality and other features related to digital objects, we highly encourage you to test this release candidate with your own data if you can. We will be holding the feedback period open for longer than usual as a result. Please send us comments or questions at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org by May 15.
Based on the results of this feedback period, we will determine when to release the production version of 3.4.0.
Please get in touch if you have any questions. Thanks as always for your feedback and support.