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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.
Function:Access,Metadata Processing
Content type:METS


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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All development activity is visible on GitHub:

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Below the last 3 release feeds:

2021-04-20 13:08:44
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.0.0-RC2 V3.0.0-RC2]
by quoideneuf
2021-03-24 16:48:58
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v3.0.0-RC1 V3.0.0-RC1]
by quoideneuf
2020-11-11 20:30:52
[,2008:Repository/4989765/v2.8.1 v2.8.1]
by lorawoodford

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Below the last 5 commits:

2021-05-05 21:18:44
[,2008:Grit::Commit/cac94077d348d515f3ffec9605c270023479ad2e Merge pull request #2227 from archivesspace/ANW-665]
by quoideneuf
2021-05-05 17:05:21
[,2008:Grit::Commit/209caf83a7673a7af3ca0383355e752d619ccc91 Merge pull request #2250 from lorawoodford/ANW-1277_class_terms]
by mark-cooper
2021-05-05 16:04:46
[,2008:Grit::Commit/f4badbad327837d035847c7768fe464d273b8a6d Merge pull request #2246 from lorawoodford/ANW-143_single_date]
by mark-cooper
2021-05-05 14:08:44
[,2008:Grit::Commit/5ccb67c074fbe69fa4bbf8b4fc62fa707cf87b40 Merge pull request #2252 from archivesspace/migrate-deprecated-note-t…]
by lorawoodford
2021-05-04 18:43:20
[,2008:Grit::Commit/2a2d0b964618fd78a8665e2a88147429b3434f69 Merge pull request #2245 from lorawoodford/ANW-820_punctuation]
by quoideneuf