[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Use of "rights statements" module?

Kari R Smith smithkr at mit.edu
Mon Jun 29 11:14:09 EDT 2015

Have any of you who are talking about rights statements within ArchivesSpace tried out the PREMIS event service and how that might integrate with ArchivesSpace / Archivematica?  We haven’t yet, but are going to look into how this might be helpful for managing PREMIS events for digital content across units that use different content management systems.


Kari R. Smith, Digital Archivist
MIT Libraries, Institute Archives and Special Collections
617-258-5568  |   smithkr (at) mit.edu

From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Ben Goldman
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Admittedly, I haven't fully thought this through, but my immediate reaction is that your notion of locating rights statements in a repository might create a discrepancy between how we manage rights statements for digital materials and how we manage them for analog. My inclination would be to make the ASpace rights statements more PREMIS-compliant, as Hillel suggests, at least in order to make the potential cross-walking from Archivematica/PREMIS/repository/etc. a little less 'fancy'.

Incidentally, this is the kind of conversation I hope this community might have if/when it begins to consider integration with other software (at SAA on Saturday afternoon or beyond). A question I keep coming back to when thinking about digital workflows, particularly in relation to our emerging repository platform at Penn State, is which system should be considered the system of record for different types of metadata? I guess in this example, I'm thinking ASpace makes the most sense for rights statements, given the way we want our staff and researchers to use data in (and derived from) ASpace. But I'd love to hear more thoughts on this.

Finally, I wonder if DPLA's proposed interoperable rights statements might be relevant to any examination of the rights statements field in ASpace? Maybe? Maybe not?


Ben Goldman
Digital Records Archivist
Penn State University Libraries

From: "Hillel Arnold" <harnold at rockarch.org<mailto:harnold at rockarch.org>>
To: "Archivesspace Users Group" <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto:archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>>
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 5:12:57 PM
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Hi Mike,
Your email is incredibly timely! We’re thinking about very similar things and I’d love to talk more in detail about your use cases and see where they might align with ours.
An additional approach we’ve discussed is more closely aligning Rights statements in AS with PREMIS, so that they’re PREMIS-compliant rather than PREMIS-ish.
I’d be happy to set up a call with you (and whoever else is interested) to talk through this a little more and see how we can coordinate!

Hillel Arnold
Lead Digital Archivist
Rockefeller Archive Center

From: Michael Shallcross <shallcro at umich.edu<mailto:shallcro at umich.edu>>
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Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 4:43 PM
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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Use of "rights statements" module?

Greetings, all; we've been exploring the rights statement module in ASpace as part of our ASpace-Archivematica grant project and had some questions.  A lot of questions, to be more precise...

Is anyone currently using (or planning to use) rights statements associated with archival objects and/or digital objects?

If yes to the above, would this be in conjunction with conditions governing access/use statements?

We've been exploring the wonderful world of the Yale container plugin; the ability to add start/end dates for restrictions and identify types of restrictions encompasses some of the basic features of the rights statements.

We've also been working with Artefactual Systems to explore how Archivematica PREMIS rights information maps to the ASpace rights statements.  It appears that the latter are 'PREMIS-like' but not really PREMIS compliant...  which has brought us to kick around the idea that PREMIS rights might be most appropriate to record in the Archivematica AIP METS (and passed along to a repository) instead of trying to do some fancy crosswalking into ASpace.

Any thoughts/ideas would be most gratefully appreciated.  Thanks!


Michael Shallcross, CA
Lead Archivist for Curation

Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113

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