Members of the METRO community working with archival collections may be interested in the announcement below from the developers of ArchivesSpace, a next-generation archives management application that will incorporate the best features of Archivist’s Toolkit (AT) and Archon. ArchivesSpace is being developed through a partnership that includes New York University, UC San Diego, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign libraries, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The ArchivesSpace membership is part of a new model for open source software. Through Archivists Toolkit and Archon, archival management software has become a critical piece of processing, managing, and making information about archival collections available to both staff and users. ArchivesSpace software development has been supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, but there is no Mellon funding for its continued operation. An essential component of our development project has been to design a sustainability and governance model that will keep ArchivesSpace robust and maximally useful, and that will provide ongoing support for its users.
To address the long-term needs of support, development, training, and documentation, we saw the need both for membership and for an “organizational home” for the software. Membership is for individual organizations that will use ArchivesSpace, either locally or through a hosted service. The organizational home, LYRASIS, will assume the responsibilities from us, the project partners, to keep the software up-to-date, relevant, and meeting the needs of the archives community in concert with community governance. We have devised a governance structure consisting of a Governance Board, Users Advisory Council, and Technical Advisory Council; these groups will be formed and populated by ArchivesSpace members. LYRASIS will hire two dedicated, full-time staff members, an ArchivesSpace Program Manager and an ArchivesSpace Developer, to manage the ongoing support, documentation, maintenance and development needs on behalf of the members. Membership dues revenue will make this long-term commitment possible.
For more information on ArchivesSpace membership benefits please see the full announcement on the ArchivesSpace membership page.
In addition, please be aware of the limited-time opportunity to join as an ArchivesSpace Charter Member (deadline May 29, 2013). METRO members who have already committed to become charter members include Columbia University and New York Public Library.