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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 http://archivescanada.accesstomemory.ca/.

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: http://www.ocul.on.ca/node/4316.

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 (courtney@artefactual.com) 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 ksearle@duraspace.org for more information.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be working with our colleagues at MediaArea as they develop file conformance checks for FFV1 (a lossless video codec), Matroska Multimedia Container, and Linear Pulse-Code Modulated Audio (LPCM) as part of the PREFORMA project. MediaArea are experts in multimedia file formats: the MediaArea team has worked on several software tools used in preservation data conformance, including MediaInfo, a tool to extract metadata from audio and video files, and Bay Area Video Coalition’s QCTools project, a tool that performs quality control checks and analysis on digitised analog video. Artefactual will assist MediaArea with requirements and testing during the development phase, and will integrate selected tools and processes into Archivematica and the Format Policy Registry in order to provide users with more robust preservation functionality for their audio and video files. More information is available on the MediaArea and PREFORMA project websites.

We are pleased to show off the newly-launched World Bank Group Archives AtoM site at http://archivesholdings.worldbank.org. From the ICA listserv announcement: “The Archives of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC is delighted to announce the launch of our Access to Memory (AtoM) site. In support of the World Bank’s commitment to openness, transparency and accountability through its 2010 Access to Information Policy, the site is now the gateway to explore the holdings of the World Bank Group Archives.” Artefactual systems has enjoyed working with the great team at WBG, which has offered to to answer questions about its AtoM implementation via email at archives@worldbank.org.

We are offering our next Introduction to Archivematica Webinar on Thursday, April 9, from 3-4 PM Eastern. Please join us for an overview of Archivematica’s basic workflows to preserve digital content. Registration is FREE, but space is limited and it fills up quickly. Click here to register.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new hosted Archivematica service in collaboration with DuraSpace! ArchivesDirect features a hosted instance of Archivematica with storage in DuraCloud. Use the Archivematica dashboard to create highly durable, inter-operable Archival Information Packages based on open standards and technologies, then store those packages in secure, replicated Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage. More information about the service is available at archivesdirect.org.

The Archivematica + DuraCloud hosted service has launched a beta test with pilot partners that will be ongoing from October 2014 to January 2015. The organizations participating in the pilot are:

Berea College (http://www.berea.edu)
The Huntington Library (http://huntington.org)
Illinois Wesleyan University (https://www.iwu.edu)
Kansas State University (http://ksu.edu)
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: State Archive and State Library (http://www.ncdcr.gov)
Pepperdine University (http://www.pepperdine.edu)
Phillips Academy (http://www.andover.edu)
University of Texas at San Antonio (http://utsa.edu)
University of Washington (http://www.washington.edu)

Ensuring that robust Archivematica Archival Information Packages (AIPs) have a secure long-term home is the idea behind the new Archivematica + DuraCloud hosted service. The new integrated service is designed to provide users with a robust preservation workflow plus long-­term archiving in a single hosted solution.

The DuraCloud cloud­-based archiving and preservation service platform manages and preserves digital objects. DuraCloud enables user management and preservation of content without locking into a single cloud provider. DuraCloud also features value­-added services such as regular bit-­level health checks for all content stored in DuraCloud. The platform is open-­source and free to download, but also available as a hosted solution from DuraSpace.

Archivematica is an open­-source tool for ingesting digital objects and preparing them for long­-term preservation. Archivematica accommodates a variety of OAIS-­based digital curation workflows, and provides a flexible framework for normalizing ingested digital objects to durable, preservation-­friendly formats. The system performs a series of preservation micro­services and generates Archival Information Packages (AIPs) consisting of the ingested digital objects, any normalized preservation masters generated during processing, and detailed PREMIS metadata packaged into standard METS XML files.

The powerful combined Archivematica + DuraCloud service meets all 21 aspects of managing and preserving digital objects identified by the IMLS funded white paper “From Theory to Action”, which analyzes and compares digital preservation solutions for under-resourced institutions. The service will be launched to the general public early 2015, based on the completion of a successful pilot.

If your organization is interested in learning more about the new Archivematica + DuraCloud service please contact Evelyn McLellan (evelyn@artefactual.com) or Michele Kimpton (mkimpton@duraspace.org), or complete the inquiry form at http://duracloud.org/archivematica.

We are pleased to report on some rather leading-edge digital curation work being accomplished by our long-time development partner, the Rockefeller Archive Center. RAC’s Digital Preservation team has been processing materials from several major collections over the past year and now has 3.5 TB of Archival Information Packages in archival storage! Even more impressive, they have been generating Dissemination Information Package metadata in Archivematica and uploading it to Archivists’ Toolkit, then publishing EAD finding aids along with access copies of the preserved objects online. See some examples at: