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Although AtoM has been multilingual for years (and has been translated into about 30 languages) we have only just added the same capability to Archivematica, thanks to DHCP grant funding generously provided by the Canadian Council of Archives. This means that the Archivematica dashboard, Storage Service module, user documentation and project website are all open for translation. For more information, and to learn how to contribute translations, please see the Archivematica user manual. Happy translating!

We are pleased to announce that the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is embarking on a digital preservation program based on Archivematica (for preservation) and AtoM (for online access)! The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is the provincial agency responsible for acquiring, preserving and making available records of significance to the history of the Province of Saskatchewan. The Archives holds an extensive and diverse Permanent Collection of historical records which include public documents created by governments ranging from the Territorial period to modern day, as well as records from private citizens, businesses and institutions dating from the mid-19th century to recent times. We are looking forward to working with Curt Campbell, Manager of the Preservation Management Unit & Digital Records Program, and his team at http://saskarchives.com/.

We’re pleased to announce new minor releases of Archivematica and the Storage Service. These are primarily bug fix releases but we’ve also slipped in a new feature (the ability to import PREMIS rights metadata via CSV). This is also the first Archivematica release to provide packages for Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial) – support for xenial is considered beta. Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty) and CentOS 7.x are also supported.

The full list of updates is available in the release notes.

We are pleased to report that Archivematica will be integrated with Avalon to support long-term preservation of time-based media! The Avalon Media System is an open source system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. The freely available system enables libraries and archives to easily curate, distribute and provide online access to their collections for purposes of teaching, learning and research. The Avalon community is made up of a dozen educational, media and open-technology institutions, led by Indiana University and Northwestern University. Integration will be funded as part of a larger IMLS grant supporting interoperability enhancements for Avalon and the development of a hosted services model for the software. Work on the Avalon-Archivematica integration is scheduled tentatively to begin in the Fall of 2017. Check out the Avalon project blog for more information!

We’re excited to announce a major initiative in the US to implement, test and refine digital preservation workflows using open-source tools! From University of North Carolina’s website: “The Educopia Institute and the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded a grant worth over $681,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for OSSArcFlow, a project to investigate and support the adoption of open source tools for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). The research team will engage with 12 partner institutions to research, devise, and test various strategies for implementing three leading open source software (OSS) technologies, the BitCurator environment, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica…. Partner institutions for the project are Robert W. Woodruff Library, District of Columbia Public Library, Duke University, Emory University, Kansas Historical Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, New York Public Library, New York University, UNC Odum Institute, Rice University, and Stanford University.”

Artefactual is delighted to see that Archivematica is part of the mix, and we look forward to working with our colleagues at Educopia and UNC on this project, which is expected to start in the Fall of this year.

We’re pleased to announce that version 1.6 of Archivematica has been released. We have named the release to honour the memory of Nancy Deromedi, whose vision helped shape defining features of this release. You can read the full release notes here: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/archivematica/AVP4ARbomA4/SbaGxXaGBgAJ
Some highlights:

– new functionality for managing backlogs and the appraisal and arrangement of material
– AIP re-ingest which allows you to re-run all major preservation services, including normalization for preservation
– new workflows with AtoM, ArchivesSpace and DSpace
– fixity reporting via the Archivematica Storage Service
– updated to use PRONOM v. 88
– Bug fixes and updated tools
– and more!

We would welcome your feedback and comments via our user forum, linked above.

Artefactual Systems is delighted to announce that Archivematica has been selected as one of the digital preservation platforms for the Jisc Research Data Shared Service (RDSS) pilot project! The purpose of the project is to “enable researchers to easily deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, long term archiving and preservation.” See the Jisc project website for more information and periodic updates.

The RDSS provides an exciting opportunity for Artefactual to work with Jisc to enhance Archivematica’s ability to ingest and perform preservation actions on research datasets. It is also an opportunity to interact with other open-source and proprietary tools for data curation and publication and to work with a stellar list of UK Universities who are the project’s partner institutions (click on “See our list of stakeholders” on the Jisc project website). The broader Archivematica community can expect to see significant enhancements to Archivematica’s functionality and scalability as well as new development on the Format Policy Registry, which will play a key role in allowing the pilot institutions to collaborate on preservation planning for diverse research data types.

Archivematica is already a world leader in digital preservation platforms and its development is backed by a team of archivists, librarians, developers and systems administrators dedicated to the use of open standards and technologies for digital preservation.We look forward to enhancing the platform’s ability to contribute to the curation and long-term preservation of research data sets.

The International Council on Archives Experts Group on Archival Description (EGAD) released a draft concept model in September 2016 and invited public comment on it. Artefactual has responded (along with many other organizations and individuals), contributing to a lively community discussion on the topic. See the full text of our response on the AtoM users forum at https://goo.gl/vF8pZH.

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:
https://wiki.accesstomemory.org/Community/Camps/SFU2017

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 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charrette


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