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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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2022-10-05 12:13:20
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2022-10-04 20:56:11
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.3.0 V3.3.0]
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2022-08-29 21:04:26
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.3.0-RC2 V3.3.0-RC2]
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2022-10-04 19:45:45
[,2008:Grit::Commit/74ec8f6f9cbf42c0ad63a9ad393b480b1d39da2a add a position field to repositories, an admin screen for repositioni…]
by quoideneuf
2022-09-30 17:51:47
[,2008:Grit::Commit/4296048e3bc6d50fa1c5e7a74f4d42280c9b7013 configure uglifier for ES6 (#2835)]
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2022-09-30 15:29:05
[,2008:Grit::Commit/b1e1ff83d47097229dce94cd6d6124b3967f6e9a Merge pull request #2829 from archivesspace/ANW-1608]
by quoideneuf
2022-09-30 13:49:26
[,2008:Grit::Commit/3e552f3d97040e83c7c8830cdee98e0701772194 Merge pull request #2832 from mark-cooper/ANW-1617_new_default_values]
by quoideneuf
2022-09-29 19:56:07
[,2008:Grit::Commit/3eda70787335c24963218b27077e540d4a8d3c73 ANW-1617: resolve cannot create default values]
by mark-cooper