ArchivesSpace 0.4 Released (3/5/2013)
Software Development Update (via Kyle RImkus)
This week, ArchivesSpace released version 0.4 of its software. Since the 0.3 release, ArchivesSpace developers have enhanced or added support for the following features:
• A basic public discovery interface application, with templating and style customization
• Import of Resources, Subjects, and Agents from MARCXML
• Export of Resources to MARCXML
• Import of Digital Objects and Accessions from CSV
• Export of Digital Objects to Dublin Core, MODS and METS
• Import and export of Agents from/to EAC-CPF
• Enumerations (configurable lookup lists) for semi-controlled information such as extent types, container types, and more
• User Groups for Project Managers, Advanced Data Entry users, and Basic Data Entry users
• Configurable help tooltips and configurable links to external help documentation
• Improved workflow for Rights records and spawning Resources from Accessions
• Automatic generation of Resource Component titles from Date statements
A full list of all enhancements and bug fixes is available in the software change log. Please stay tuned for forthcoming information about testing the latest release.
ArchivesSpace 0.5 is scheduled for release in May 2013. Software development in March and April will focus on:
• Predefined reporting options and supporting components to generate formatted reports
• Improved interaction and workflow based on feedback from user testing of the 0.2 and 0.3 releases of ArchivesSpace
• Refinements to import and export mappings
• Improved deployment and application administration
The software is still in its “alpha” phase, and its first stable release is targeted for August 2013. ArchivesSpace is using Pivotal Tracker to help manage development using the Scrum methodology. Community members interested in tracking the software development process may view the user stories and programming tasks prioritized for development and awaiting prioritization. More information on Pivotal Tracker is available.
ArchivesSpace is open source software, and its source code is available on Github. For the technically inclined, build instructions and technical documentation are available. As a disclaimer, no technical support is currently available to software testers, but the developers are eager for early feedback. If you have trouble getting a test server running, feel free to ask for help or report problems to the ArchivesSpace Google Group email list.
ArchivesSpace is being developed by Hudson Molonglo in partnership with the New York University Libraries, UC San Diego Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organizational support from LYRASIS.
Questions about ArchivesSpace development should be directed to the ArchivesSpace Google Group. Questions regarding membership should be directed to .
Link to official announcement: http://www.archivesspace.org/archivesspace-0-4-release-announcement/