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ArchivesSpace is the next-generation web-based archives information management system, designed by archivists and supported by diverse archival repositories.
License:Educational Community License, version 2.0.
Input Formats:METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard)
Output Formats:METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard)
Function:Access,Metadata Processing
Content type:Metadata


ArchivesSpace is an open source, web application for managing archives information. The application is designed to support core functions in archives administration such as accessioning; description and arrangement of processed materials including analog, hybrid, and born-digital content; management of authorities (agents and subjects) and rights; and reference service. The application supports collection management through collection management records, tracking of events, and a growing number of administrative reports. The application also functions as a metadata authoring tool, enabling the generation of EAD, MARCXML, MODS, Dublin Core, and METS formatted data.

ArchivesSpace dates from June 2009 when representatives of New York University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of California San Diego, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation agreed to integrate the Archivists' Toolkit and Archon into a single application in order to increase overall functionality within a single application and to optimize sustainability of the application. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided generous funding for the first two phases of the ArchivesSpace program. A planning phase ran from January 2010 to June 2011, during which functional specifications were drafted, a business plan was formulated, and an organizational home was secured. A development phase ran from July 2011 to September 2013, culminating in the release of ArchivesSpace 1.0 on September 30, 2013. There have been nine releases of ArchivesSpace since the 1.0 release, all of which have served to both advance the integration of the Archivists' Toolkit and Archon and to introduce new functionality not present in either of those precursor applications. Source:

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2023-05-24 18:42:23
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.4.0 V3.4.0]
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2023-04-28 16:12:08
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.4.0-RC1 V3.4.0-RC1]
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2022-10-05 12:13:20
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.3.1 V3.3.1]
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2023-05-26 18:47:00
[,2008:Grit::Commit/616638d6e034c99c29f6ea4b3790b0a6d21cf512 Merge pull request #2998 from dartmouth-dltg/feature-plugin-body-top]
by quoideneuf
2023-05-16 23:43:31
[,2008:Grit::Commit/c68e48c7c623969651706ff80e933b3a3133ffc5 ANW-504: adding support for marking agent links as primary (#2991)]
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2023-05-15 17:01:52
[,2008:Grit::Commit/7f8953ac19b4b4456648070ba8b05742d61f6224 Merge pull request #2999 from jonathangreen/patch-1]
by quoideneuf
2023-05-11 18:50:18
[,2008:Grit::Commit/6a1f18aded22e5a8398f2737492f3fc57a26fdac Update typo in config-defaults.rb]
by jonathangreen
2023-05-10 17:50:18
[,2008:Grit::Commit/34d8489a8aff3e17836e585af2f0605b5964abcc Merge pull request #2996 from archivesspace/ANW-1697-logo-update]
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