[Archivesspace_Users_Group] [Archivesspace_member_reps] Resolving Performance Problems in ArchivesSpace

Brad Westbrook brad.westbrook at lyrasis.org
Mon Aug 24 09:49:39 EDT 2015

Good morning, folks,

It was great to see so many of you at various meetings at SAA and at the first ArchivesSpace members forum.

Now that SAA is over and many of you are back in your offices, I would like to ask you to join Patrick Galligan in testing the “fixes” for the rendering and re-ordering problems described in my message last Thursday afternoon (appearing at the bottom of this message).  We very much need your input.  Do the “fixes” work?  Are they suitable?

If you have questions about how to test these fixes, please send questions to this list.

Meanwhile, thanks in advance for pitching in on this matter.


Brad W.

From: archivesspace_member_reps-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_member_reps-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Galligan, Patrick
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Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_member_reps] Resolving Performance Problems in ArchivesSpace

Thanks, Brad.

I look forward to playing around with the UI changes and testing them out when SAA is over.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Brad Westbrook [brad.westbrook at lyrasis.org<mailto:brad.westbrook at lyrasis.org>]
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2015 04:33 PM Eastern Standard Time
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Subject: [Archivesspace_member_reps] Resolving Performance Problems in ArchivesSpace

Dear ArchivesSpace members,

The ArchivesSpace team has been working earnestly to resolve three performance problems reported by users of the application.  They are:

1)      A problem with rendering of large, multi-part records, which is described more fully in Jira AR-1311<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1311>, was reported by Yale University a few weeks ago.

2)      A problem with unintentional re-ordering of components in resource record trees has been reported by The Ohio State University and other members.  The work history for that problem is documented in Jira AR-1183<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1183>,

Since these two problems potentially affect all implementations of ArchivesSpace, the ArchivesSpace development team has been addressing them outside of the prioritization process the ArchivesSpace community implemented last spring.  The results of their efforts are present in a new version of the ArchivesSpace application that can be downloaded from https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases  (select the zip file for the release labeled “ui-changes-0.0.1”).  Also, a screencast illustrating the solutions to these two problems is available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzRF7huQ7tqKaEQ3VTBmYnJIU28/view?usp=sharing.  We invite everybody to test these fixes and report their results to the corresponding Jiras indicated above.

3)      A third performance problem area is the ArchivesSpace public interface, which, since the release of version 1.0 in September 2013, many ArchivesSpace members have described as being inadequate to support public service in their repositories.   These inadequacies are being addressed by a team established this past spring and led by LYRASIS’s Angela Spinazzè and Yale University’s Mark Custer.  Progress reports on that work are available on the ArchivesSpace wiki at https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ADC/Public+Interface+Enhancement+Project.

Collectively, the surfacing of these problems, and their eventual resolution, represents a new stage in the ongoing maturation and refinement of the ArchivesSpace application. Our overall goal remains to provide an archives information management application that accelerates processing of archival materials, supports effective collection management, and can be used to support discovery and access among the research community.
Thank you to all ArchivesSpace members for your continuing support and involvement.

Brad W.

Bradley D. Westbrook
Program Manager
brad.westbrook at lyrasis.org<mailto:brad at archivesspace.org>
800.999.8558 x2910
bradley_d_westbrook (Skype)
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