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Artefactual and the Simon Fraser University Archives are hosting the
first-ever AtoM Camp in Vancouver from March 20-22, 2017! AtoM Camp is open
to all types of AtoM users, from archivists to sysadmins, and all
experience levels.

More information about the camp is available on the AtoM wiki:

Registration will be opening in a couple of weeks!

As part of our AtoM 2.3 hosted site upgrade Artefactual is deploying Let’s Encrypt SSL/TLS certificates as free upgrade to all of our AtoM hosting plans.  We are also making HTTPS the default for all browser connections to AtoM sites hosted by Artefactual.  We’ve invested in this change because we believe ubiquitous HTTPS makes the Internet better and safer, and because major Internet players such as Google are taking steps that penalize websites that do not use HTTPS connections.

Let’s Encrypt is a “free, automated, and open” Certificate Authority (CA) provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and sponsored by a number of major players in the Information technology landscape including Google, Mozilla, and Facebook.  

Let’s Encrypt is part of broader push by Google and others towards ubiquitous Transport Level Security (TLS) via the HTTPS protocol.  In 2014 Google started slightly boosting search results for sites using the HTTPS protocol. In 2015 Google went further and began to preferentially index HTTPS web pages.  And in 2017 Google Chrome will start rolling out more prominent warnings for all websites using insecure HTTP connections. Other major Internet stakeholders such as Apple and Mozilla are also taking steps to increase the prevalence of HTTPS on the Web.

It’s also worth noting that there is a subtle but important distinction between Let’s Encrypt certificates and a traditional SSL/TLS certificate: a Let’s Encrypt certificate is a “domain validated certificate”.  This means that while Let’s Encrypt certificates provide end-to-end encryption of data passed between a browser and the server, they do not make any claims about the identity or the trustworthiness of the owner of the certificate.  More simply put, a Let’s Encrypt certificate does not tell you who owns the webpage you are browsing, just that any data sent or received can not be intercepted or read by a third party. For some applications a traditional organization validated or extended validation (EV) certificate may be preferable to allow users to reliably determine who owns the website.  If you are interested in using an organization validated SSL/TLS certificate for you AtoM hosted site Artefactual offers this as an optional upgrade for $150/year.

Please note that Let’s Encrypt certificates are not supported by some old operating systems, such as Windows XP.  Please see this list of Let’s Encrypt compatible browsers if your browser is having problems loading an AtoM site using HTTPS.

David Juhasz,
Director, AtoM Technical Services


We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering Archivematica hosting to Canadian institutions in the form of the ArchivesCanada Digital Preservation Service (ACDPS). We have long offered AtoM hosting in Canada, and Archivematica hosting to members of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Archives (COPPUL). Now, in partnership with the Canadian Council of Archives, we offer Archivematica hosting to a broader audience; users of the service can also choose to use AtoM as part of that service in order to take full advantage of the ingest, preservation, storage, arrangement, description and access functionalities provided by those two software tools. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please contact Christina Nichols, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Archives.

19 Jul 2016

AtoM 2.3 released!

We’re pleased to announce that, after nearly a year of major branch development, AtoM 2.3 is now publicly available!

This release includes many new features, including:

  • Full redesign of the search/browse/advanced search module
  • New full-width treeview option
  • New Clipboard module to “pin” search/browse description results for printing or export
  • Enhancements to the actionable PREMIS rights module
  • Command-line CSV export functionality, with the ability to export search results and Clipboard results via the user interface (for authenticated users)
  • New configurable inventory list to explore lower-level descriptions in a table-based view
  • Advanced search filters for repository browsing, and the option to browse in either the card view or a new table-based view
  • New AtoM API endpoints

And more!

We’ve also added a lot of bug fixes and usability enhancements, including:

  • Update publication statuses asynchronously to avoid browser timeouts on large hierarchies
  • Better keyboard navigation and screen reader support
  • More options to browse within an archival hierarchy
  • Improved CSV import/export roundtripping
  • Improved response times for OAI-PMH module
  • Support for database transactions to prevent data corruption when requests time out or fail
  • Genre access point support for the ISAD and DACS templates
  • Options to hide the digital object carousel, the language menu, and certain advanced search fields via the user interface
  • New Docker environment available for local testing and development
And plenty more!
For further details and links to the relevant documentation, please see the full release announcement on the AtoM wiki:

As usual, you can find the Requirements, Upgrading, and Installation documentation on the AtoM website. Enjoy!

We’re pleased to announce a stable release of Archivematica version 1.5 and Storage Service version 0.8! Read more about the release on the user forum. This release includes a number of new features and enhancements, including DIP metadata upload to ArchivesSpace; AIP re-ingest for DIP generation and metadata updates; ability to arrange a hierarchy for DIP upload to AtoM; management of store DIP as a separate micro-service; the addition of Storage Service API autorization; many packaged tool updates; and update of the Format Policy Registry to version 84 of PRONOM. Many thanks to the Rockefeller Archive Center, National Library of Wales, the Zuse Institut Berlin and MIT Libraries for funding new features for this release. Installation and upgrade instructions are available on the Archivematica project website.

Artefactual Systems is pleased to announce the first ever Archivematica Camp, which will be hosted by the University of Michigan School of Information, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 24 – 26, 2016.

Inspired by similar events like Hydra Camp, Islandora Camp and Fedora Camp, this event is intended to provide a space for anyone interested in or currently using Archivematica, to come together, learn about the platform and share their experiences.

Registration for this event will open in early March, 2016.  The cost will be $450 per person.

Archivematica Camp will be a 3 day event.  The syllabus will be of interest to both active and potential new users (archivists/conservators/librarians/digital preservationists) and developers/sys admins who are or will be supporting or customizing a digital preservation system for their organization.

This inaugural camp will include a one day Archivematica – Hydra/Fedora Integration Charette*.

Instructors will include staff from Artefactual Systems, archivists from the Bentley Historical Library,  Kari Smith (Digital Archivist, MIT Libraries)  and Ben Fino-Radin (Associate Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art).

More details will be posted when registration opens.

*Charette – an intense period of design or planning activity –

We are delighted to announce that the AtoM-based national archival description portal has officially been launched. CCA President Lara Wilson unveiled the new site in Ottawa today at the Canadian Archival System Working Group’s “Canada’s Archives – A New Blueprint” event. The site includes over 900,000 archival descriptions, 110,000 authority records and 170,000 digital objects contributed by 775 archival institutions. Check out the new site at

Greetings AtoM users!

Since the 2.0.0 release, many users have wondered about our rebranding to AtoM from ICA-AtoM, and what this indicates about the nature of Artefactual’s relationship to the International Council on Archives.

We have addressed some of these aspects in user forum posts such as this one, in which we mentioned ongoing “high-level discussions with the ICA about the nature and future of this relationship.” We are pleased today to point out the recent announcement made on the ICA’s website, referring to this continuing process.

In the announcement, the ICA notes that the “ICA and Artefactual are talking about ways of re-establishing the partnership, on the basis of improved co-ordination supplied by a robust governance structure. This would help to secure the necessary funds for the long-term development of the product in accordance with an agreed route map. The needs of the user community will of course continue to be paramount.”

We are happy to add that Artefactual’s President, Evelyn McLellan, will be attending the upcoming ICA annual meeting in Reykjavík, Iceland, September 28-29. At the conference, we hope to provide further details about this renewed partnership. We’ll be sure to update our user community about these exciting developments as they unfold, via tweets, User Forum posts, and the Artefactual Systems website.

Artefactual Systems is excited to be partnering with the Ontario Council of University Libraries to develop the ability to ingest content from Dataverse to Archivematica! Read all about it on OCUL’s website:

Our own Courtney C. Mumma will be at SAA representing our projects next week. Here are the events where she is scheduled to appear, but feel free to reach out to her via email ( or on social media (@archivematica @accesstomemory @lookouthoney) to schedule a short face-to-face meeting to learn more about Archivematica, AtoM, Binder or ArchivesDirect. She will be onsite Tuesday through Saturday.

Tuesday, August 18:
Wednesday, August 19:
  • 3-5 Archivematica User Group Meeting: A community-driven, informal user group meeting. Come for the fun, stay for the stickers and pins!
  • 5-7 Encoded Archival Description Roundtable: Providing an update on AtoM and EAD
Thursday, August 20:
  • 12:15-1:30 Brown Bag Lunch: ArchivesSpace and Archivematica Integration – This will be a discussion group focused on ways that ArchivesSpace and Archivematica can be combined in institutional workflows, including a sneak peak at the work Artefactual has done so far with the Bentley Historical Library (see also ArchivesSpace Integration with Archivematica)
  • 1:45-2:45 Session 204: Measure Up: Assessment Tools and Techniques from the Field – Baseline Audit from a System Perspective Using MIT’s Drupal TRAC Tool
  • 3-5 Electronic Records Section – We will participate in a panel discussion on implementing digital preservation tools and systems.

We are pleased to report that University of British Columbia Library has implemented automated ingest from DSpace to Archivematica for their cIRcle institutional repository! cIRcle is home to a diverse array of digital content produced by faculty and students, including articles, conference and workshop papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports and working papers, books, datasets, learning objects, and multimedia and audio-visual materials including podcasts and webcasts. Ingesting the repository’s 40,000+ items from DSpace to Archivematica means that they will undergo digital preservation micro-services, including file format normalization, and be preserved as durable, OAIS-compliant Archival Information Packages.

Ingest and processing in Archivematica run automatically with no user input and no impact on access to the content in cIRcle. This is accomplished using the ReplicationTaskSuite provided by DuraSpace, which exports content as a set of DSpace Archival Information Packages, and an automated ingest tool developed for Archivematica by Artefactual Systems.

The tools have been running a little over a week, and as of this writing approximately 2,000 Archivematica AIPs have been generated and placed in long-term archival storage. While the current target for ingest is mainly existing collections, the tools will remain active over time, continually polling for new versions of stored items as they are updated by cIRcle depositors. Both the original and updated AIPs will be retained in storage.

Holdings from cIRcle will be added to UBC Library’s already impressive repository of preserved digital content, which is currently at just under 8 TB and counting. Artefactual Systems is grateful to have the opportunity to work with staff at the Library as they continue to play a leading role in the field of digital preservation.

Archivematica storage tab

The Archivematica storage tab listing AIPs ingested from DSpace.

We are pleased to announce the latest release of Archivematica! Read more about the release on the user forum, view release notes on the wiki, or download from the Archivematica website. Improved integration with DSpace, CONTENTdm and Islandora; incorporation of the Siegfried file identification tool; AIP recovery via the Storage Service; indexing of bag-info.txt contents for bag ingests; and numerous other fixes and enhancements. Many thanks to University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia Library, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and GE Aviation for funding new features for this release.

We are delighted to announce the launch of Binder, a web-based tool for managing preserved collections in a digital repository. Binder was developed in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and is designed to handle complex relationships between the various components of software-based artworks, video games, multimedia files and other multi-component works. Read more at MoMA’s Inside/Out blog, or go straight to the demo!

Registration is available for Hot Topics: The DuraSpace Community Webinar Series, “Digital Preservation with ArchivesDirect: Ready, Set, Go!”

Curated and Presented by Artefactual Systems, Sarah Romkey, Systems Archivist and Courtney Mumma, Consultant, US and International Community Development

Earlier this year Artefactual Systems and the DuraSpace organization launched ArchivesDirect, a complete hosted solution for preserving valuable institutional collections and all types of digital resources. Ensuring that your digital holdings remain both safe and accessible for future generations at prices that you can afford makes ArchivesDirect the best choice for one-stop durable, safe and cost effective long-term preservation and storage.

The powerful, combined Archivematica plus DuraCloud, ArchivesDirect service manages and preserves digital objects by providing tools and services for ingest, preservation, storage and maintenance over time. This series provides detailed insights into developing institutional workflows to get ready, get set and go forward with using ArchivesDirect to preserve and store valuable digital content over time.

This series consists of 2, 1-hour webinars:

Digital Preservation with ArchivesDirect: Ready, Set…
Thursday, May 14, 1:00PM Eastern

The first in a series of two, this webinar is for institutions interested in how to get started preparing their digital content for preservation using the ArchivesDirect hosted service. We will discuss how to gather the right information about your content so that you are ready to process it through Archivematica’s digital preservation system and DuraCloud’s storage service and will include specific use case scenarios. Attendees will come away with an understanding of the steps needed to get born digital and digitized content, along with its metadata, staged for ingest and archival storage.

Digital Preservation with ArchivesDirect: Go!
Tuesday, May 26, 1:00PM Eastern

The second in a series of two, this webinar will show institutions how to process their content through a digital preservation system (Archivematica) and store it in DuraCloud. We will briefly review some use case scenarios discussed in the first part of the series, and then demonstrate how those use cases would be applied using the ArchivesDirect hosted digital preservation service. Attendees will see variations on the processing workflow along with the resulting archival package (AIP) and its metadata (METS.xml with PREMIS).

Register HERE for this series

Space is limited so register soon.
Please contact Kristi Searle at for more information.

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