METRO To Partner With Stanford University Libraries on Email Archiving Software

by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager at METRO


We're incredibly excited to partner with Stanford University Libraries on a new IMLS-funded project to expand ePADD, an open-source software package that supports archival processes around the appraisal, ingest, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives.

The project will pick up where phase one -- a proof of concept for using batch processes to support archival workflows -- left off by expanding the program’s scalability, usability, and feature set. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Harvard University, and University of California, Irvine will also contribute to the project.

METRO's role will include working with our member institutions to identify the needs of archivists working with email archives and to conduct user testing on prototypes as they develop.

Says Margo Padilla, Strategic Programs Manager at METRO, "when technical barriers discourage institutions from collecting born-digital materials such as email, it jeopardizes the overall collection, preservation, and sharing of contemporary archival materials. METRO is excited to work on engaging a user community and optimizing ePADD functionality to help our members meet their mandate of stewarding and providing access to archival collections."

For more on this round of IMLS funding, take a look at this press release.