Many readers will already be familiar with the above-mentioned systems, but the following may be helpful for those in need of a refresher:
- ArchivesSpace is an open-source archival management software that combines the best features of Archon and Archivists’ Toolkit. This system permits institutions to track accessions, manage collections, and generate Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids and MARCXML. Development of "ASpace" was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2011-2013) and LYRASIS now serves as its institutional home.
- Archivematica is a free and open-source digital preservation system developed by Artefactual Systems (British Columbia). Archivematica employs a micro-service design to “provide an integrated suite of software tools that allows users to process digital objects from ingest to access in compliance with the ISO-OAIS functional model” and furthermore employs METS and PREMIS to record and track descriptive, administrative, and rights metadata.
- DSpace is an open-source repository platform that “preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets." Initially developed by MIT Libraries with partial support from a Mellon Foundation grant, DSpace has acquired a growing community of developers and is employed by the University of Michigan and approximately 1,400 other academic, nonprofit, and commercial organizations around the world.
Goals and Deliverables
- Introduce functionality into Archivematica that will permit users to review, appraise, deaccession, and arrange content in a new "Appraisal and Arrangement" tab in the system dashboard.
- Load (and create) ASpace archival object records in the Archivematica "Appraisal and Arrangement" tab and then drag and drop content onto the appropriate archival objects to define Submission Information Packages (SIPs) that will in turn be described as 'digital objects' in ASpace and deposited as discrete 'items' in DSpace. This work will build upon the SIP Arrangement panel developed for Simon Fraser University and the Rockefeller Archives Center's Archivematica-Archivists' Toolkit integration (as demonstrated around the 12 minute point of the first video here).
- Create new archival object and digital object records in ASpace and associate the latter with DSpace handles to provide URIs/'href' values for <dao> elements in exported EADs.
- Meet-ups and/or presentations at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and other professional organizations will be used to disseminate information and invite feedback from user communities. Additional outreach will be conducted in coordination with Artefactual Systems on appropriate listservs and forums.
- All software produced by the project will be incorporated back into appropriate source code repositories and be made freely available to the archives and library communities.
- ArchivesSpace-Archivematica integration will function independently of DSpace. Integration with the repository will employ open and widely-used standards so that institutions can reconfigure the workflow to replace DSpace with another repository/access system (such as Hydra).
- While some project features may be unique to the Bentley Historical Library (such as our use of modified Archival Information Packages for access purposes), the final product should be flexible/extensible enough to accommodate the widely varied practices of the digital preservation and curation communities.
- Project documentation and reports will be made freely available to all users through this blog and other sources.