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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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2024-03-14 15:31:35
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.5.0 V3.5.0]
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2024-03-11 14:33:47
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.5.0-RC1 V3.5.0-RC1]
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2023-08-24 18:18:21
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.4.1 V3.4.1]
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2024-05-24 15:03:30
[,2008:Grit::Commit/e1eaac23f0b3e4a0c567ab74842f42b0fbee141c Remove white space changes and extra paren]
by brianzelip
2024-05-24 15:03:30
[,2008:Grit::Commit/bcbd22de5c7de972e895fd2450b09b31013b7150 Update translation files]
by weblate
2024-05-23 18:25:59
[,2008:Grit::Commit/07165d66ae2ffce56d7351922311bf3fbf8e2860 Merge pull request #3185 from ANW-1757 duplicate an Archival Object]
by brianzelip
2024-05-23 17:15:33
[,2008:Grit::Commit/aa6b6a92ec7d0541c6835d56f94b2569296685a0 Merge pull request #3212 from archivesspace/ANW-2025-fix-specs-add-ja…]
by brianzelip
2024-05-23 15:31:14
[,2008:Grit::Commit/51d9a54c5c58926c525897a7315a07b38bb8d7aa ANW-1757 Duplicate archival object]
by thimios