ArchivesSpace is announcing the availability of v3.4.0. You can download it at https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v3.4.0.

This release includes many bug fixes and feature enhancements. Of particular note are some 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.

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. New documentation written by the User Documentation sub-team for many of the new features, including Make Representative, is available in the user manual.

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 including 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.

Thanks to all of the community members who contributed code for this release: Andrew Morrison, Brian Harrington, Corey Schmidt, Dave Mayo, James Bullen, Jason Jordan, Jonathan Green, Joshua Shaw, Lora Woodford, Mark Triggs, Michael Glanznig, Nick Butler, and Payton Giles. As always, team members Brian Hoffman, Don Smith, Brian Zelip, and Mark Cooper, as well as contractor Manny Rodriguez, wrote and/or reviewed substantial code for the release. Thanks also to our community groups, especially the Testing sub-team, for their efforts.

More information about what’s in the release and the link to download it are at https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v3.4.0. Information on upgrading to a new version of ArchivesSpace is available at https://archivesspace.github.io/tech-docs/administration/upgrading.html.

Due to the complex nature of some of the work in this release and the need for additional testing and refinement, this represents both the January and May releases from the roadmap. The next regular release of ArchivesSpace is projected for September.

Thanks as always for your support. If you have questions or need any assistance in upgrading, please let us know.

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