[Archivesspace_Users_Group] ArchivesSpace version 1.5.0 Release Candidate Available

Brad Westbrook brad.westbrook at lyrasis.org
Fri Apr 15 09:49:54 EDT 2016

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ArchivesSpace is happy to announce the availability of a release candidate<https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v1.5.0-rc1> for the upcoming version 1.5.0 release.  This version will include the enhanced container management functionality that was originally developed as a plugin by Hudson Molonglo for Yale University. Adding this functionality to the core code of ArchivesSpace was the highest vote getter in the member voting on feature requests and bug fixes that was conducted last spring. Information on these enhancements is available here<https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/blob/master/README_FEATURES_1.5.0.md>. We are aiming to distribute a full production version, 1.5.0, once testing of the release candidate is successfully completed.

The timing of that release is highly dependent on community testing of this release candidate. Because integrating this functionality into the ArchivesSpace core code required changing the data model in certain areas, upgrading from a pre-1.5.0 version of ArchivesSpace requires repositories to plan for the upgrade, to conduct the upgrade and conversion to the new data model for containers, to review the  results, and, possibly, to remediate data either prior to or after the final conversion process. Because of all the variations in which container information can be recorded by repositories, it is impossible to know all the ways the data of repositories will be impacted. A number of members of the community have helped with testing incremental changes to this point. Now that we are nearing the production release, it is essential that we get solid testing data from a broader swath of the ArchivesSpace community to ensure that unanticipated adverse effects are eliminated as much as possible, or, on the other hand, to ensure us the conversion is working as designed.  Not only do we need to know if you encounter a problem or if your container data is not accurately converted, we also need to know if you were able to upgrade to the new version successfully.

Information on preparing for the conversion is available here<https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/blob/master/UPGRADING_1.5.0.md>. To gather testing data in a structured way, we have a feedback form<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HkPaLPZdXq0pmIFFDnGuWWlTfdBfAxnOkBSe4zFrWPk/edit#gid=2016414678> at for you to record your results. We ask that all data be provided by April 25. This tight turnaround is essential to ensure that the production release can come out in a timely way, making both the enhanced container management functionality and other improvements to ArchivesSpace made since the last release in the fall available for use in institutions' production deployments of ArchivesSpace.

Thanks for your continued participation in making ArchivesSpace better. If you have any questions, or if you'd like help getting started with testing, please let us know.

The ArchivesSpace Program Team
Brad Westbrook
Christine Di Bella
Chris Fitzpatrick
Brian Hoffman
Laurie Arp

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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