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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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2024-02-23 12:33:52
[,2008:Grit::Commit/04f11f859fd04e2ef21c3a0779caf0d589529168 Merge pull request #3127 from archivesspace/ANW-1948-user-management-…]
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2024-02-21 18:46:23
[,2008:Grit::Commit/343204da2dc9e3926da9d72f80fa45f8f7999b34 ANW-1948 port user management spec from selenium to capybara]
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2024-02-14 19:59:03
[,2008:Grit::Commit/62d01f988536b72c17d38904935d9767ace52a84 fix publish column name in DO import xslx (#3122)]
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2024-02-14 17:05:42
[,2008:Grit::Commit/4165fd0757d068115a2a83fbf116429b09614fe3 ANW-1869 Support mixed content styles in PUI Dig Obj breadcrumbs (#3120)]
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2024-02-13 20:18:26
[,2008:Grit::Commit/a2c170e861800e779fd2cb6c94c99568b6a99cae ANW-1878 Add make primary tooltip translations (#3119)]
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