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Artefactual is delighted to be part of the new Preservation Action Registry (PAR) research project sponsored by JISC as part of its Research Data Shared Services pilot. This work involves working collaborative with several partners to develop a set of protocols and tools to share preservation actions across repositories and platforms. An announcement with details is available on the Open Preservation Foundation website. JISC is a United Kingdom not-for-profit company whose role is to support post-16 and higher education, and research, by providing relevant and useful advice, digital resources and network and technology services, while researching and developing new technologies and ways of working. It is funded by a combination of the UK further and higher education funding bodies, and individual higher education institutions.

We are pleased to report that a non-profit foundation has been established to oversee and support the development, sustainability and adoption of Access to Memory (AtoM) as a multilingual, multi-repository open source application for standards-based archival description and access. The Foundation’s primary focus will be on leading the planning and development of AtoM 3, a successor version of the current software. For more information or to become a member, see the posting on the AtoM user group forum or visit the Foundation’s website.

We’re pleased to announce the release of Archivematica 1.7 and Storage Service 0.11! There are a number of useful new features and bug fixes in this release. We’ve posted full release notes on the Archivematica wiki but here are some highlights:

  • Internationalization/localization – the Archivematica interface and documentation can now be translated into other languages! Please see the release notes to see how you can contribute and request languages. Thank you to sponsor Canadian Council of Archives (with funding from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program at Library and Archives Canada).
  • AIP encryption – the ability to use the Storage Service to encrypt AIPs and transfers sent to backlog. Thank you to sponsor Simon Fraser University Archives!
  • Shibboleth and LDAP integration – thank you to sponsors Jisc, MoMA and International Institute of Social History!
  • MediaConch integration – for matroska format validation and a/v policy checking. Thank you to sponsor PREFORMA Project!
  • Handle Server integration – associate persistent identifiers with AIPs, directories, and objects. Thank you to sponsor International Institute of Social History!
  • Assign UUIDs to directories and record empty directories – thank you to sponsor International Institute of Social History!
  • Run Archivematica without Elasticsearch index to improve performance – thank you to sponsor Columbia University Library!
  • New README file in the AIP – thank you to sponsor Denver Art Museum!
  • Improved capture of file last modified date – thank you to sponsor Bentley Historical Library!
  • Updated and improved installation documentation, with significant proofreading contributed by our colleagues at Columbia University Library. Thank you!

There are a number of other changes and bug fixes, described in the release notes.

Our thanks to all the community sponsors who made this release possible and our thanks in advance to all of you for trying it out and contributing your feedback.

Following on the heels of our very successful Archivematica Camp in Amsterdam, we have now opened registration for Archivematica Camp Baltimore and AtoM Camp Toronto. Both camps will run three days. Archivematica Camp Baltimore is being hosted by Johns Hopkins University at the Brody Learning Commons Room from June 20 through 22. AtoM Camp is being hosted by University of Toronto’s John P. Robarts Research Library and will run August 29-31. Both camps are aimed at end users, developers and systems administrators. Hope to see you there!

Registration is open and an agenda has been posted for our upcoming Archivematica camp in Amsterdam, which will run from April 11 to 13.  We are excited to have this event hosted by the International Institute of Social History, who will be speaking about their own implementation of Archivematica during one of the community implementation sessions. The camp runs for three days, with day one being an optional hands-on workshop for those new to Archivematica, and is suitable for end users, developers and systems administrators alike. Hope to see you there!

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

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:
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

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!

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