[Archivesspace_Users_Group] ArchivesSpace functionality issues

Custer, Mark mark.custer at yale.edu
Thu Sep 3 11:20:46 EDT 2015


Just a quick note to say that all of the issues that you raised are currently under review of the ArchivesSpace Public Interface Enhancement group, https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/display/ADC/Public+Interface+Enhancement+Project .  This group is still in its early stages, and we’re still uncovering changes needed for the public interface, so there isn’t a firm timeline yet for when the first round of enhancements will be added to the core code.

Right off the top of my head, I’d say that #1 is definitely a bug (and it’s one that’s bugged me, too); #2 is something that I’d like to have more information about, since I don’t know if that would work for most archival descriptions (but you could always create that behavior with a plugin, as Maura notes); to me, the container information just needs to display closer to the title, not in an “Instance” section, and certainly not with any labels like “container 2 indicator” in the display; #3 has certainly come up in user testing, so it will be added to the interface in some way; and #4 is also something that I’d consider a sensible default (i.e. blank data can be suppressed, whether it has a header or not), but as Maura mentions this is just masking the issue at hand, and you won’t want to keep around blank fields in the database anyway….  So on that point, I’d say that it would be nice, in the future, if members developed plugins or other means to support data cleanup activities on the staff side (validate and remediate, as needed!)

Also, please keep reporting any issues that you see with the public interface. Many of these issues are logged in the ArchivesSpace JIRA account, but not all of them just yet, and it’s likely that other issues still need to be discovered and reported.


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Maura Carbone
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:35 AM
To: Archivesspace Users Group
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] ArchivesSpace functionality issues

Hi Phil,

With regards to 2, I think you'd have to create a plugin and modify the code for that particular display

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by 3. In the staff side, the resource sorting appears to be title, created, and modified.

As for 4, if you unpublish them they shouldn't show up. Although if they're completely blank, it might make more sense to delete them?


On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM, Suda, Phillip J <psuda1 at tulane.edu<mailto:psuda1 at tulane.edu>> wrote:
Good morning all,

                We are noticing some basic functionality issues with ArchivesSpace; we are not sure if these are “baked in” and if an enhancement request is in order.

1.       After clicking the repository tab, selecting a repository and performing a search; the search “breaks” and the user is no longer looking at materials soley within that repository; the search provides results from all objects/repos

2.       Is there a way to append the container label to the end of a component title (i.e. ‘component title + folder’ or ‘component title + box’)

3.       Has anyone created the ability to sort by Collection or Component ID in the public interface (not the staff interface where this is possible)? We have staff/users that like to sort these in order

4.       We are noticing that Blank Note Fields are display in the public interface. Is there an option to simply have these blank note fields not display?

Thank you,


Phillip Suda
Systems Librarian
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University
psuda1 at tulane.edu<mailto:psuda1 at tulane.edu>

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Maura Carbone
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Brandeis University
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