[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Development Prioritization survey results

Jason Loeffler j at minorscience.com
Tue Nov 22 14:57:06 EST 2016

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the ArchivesSpace Technical and User Advisory Councils, thank
you to all member representatives who participated in the Development
Prioritization survey.

Eighty-three member representatives responded to the survey (about 28% of
member organizations). A brief summary of survey results follows below. The
raw survey results are attached and cross-posted here

These responses provide critical feedback about the performance, design,
and functionality of the ArchivesSpace application and a useful benchmark
against which to measure member organization's satisfaction.

Survey results also contribute to planning development tracks and
establishing development priorities. As a result of the survey, 18 stories
currently in the Hudson Molonglo's development backlog are candidates for
inclusion in the next minor release (1.5.2), currently scheduled for
December 8. A search filter listing these stories is available to all JIRA
users here <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/issues/?filter=11600>. As
indicated in the status column, development on these stories is already
well underway. Eight stories are already either Accepted or Delivered and
awaiting acceptance testing. *Note that those stories not delivered in the
upcoming 1.5.2 release will be addressed in future releases.*

Should you have any questions about this survey and its results, please
contact me directly by any of the means below.


Jason Loeffler

*On** behalf of the ArchivesSpace Prioritization Team*

Jason Loeffler (leader, American Academy in Rome)

Mark Custer (Yale University)

Gordon Daines (User Advisory Council chair, Brigham Young University)

Chris Prom (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Kari Smith (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Suzanne Stasiulatis (Pennsylvania State Archives)

Sally Vermaaten (Technical Advisory Council chair, New York University)

Brad Westbrook (ArchivesSpace)

Jason Loeffler

Technology Consultant | The American Academy in Rome

Minor Science | Application Development & Metadata Strategy

Brooklyn, New York

jason at minorscience.com

(347) 405-0826

minorscience (Skype)


*Survey Summary (Q5)*

   - 68 of 83 member representatives indicated "pain points" in brief
   narratives (Q5).
   - 26 respondents described issues with the *Staff Interface
   <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1112>*including problems
   with the display of search results (#7, #18, #40), the object tree (#4),
   batch edits (#72), the RDE (#24, #37, #62), and general data entry issues.
   - 20 respondents indicated problems with the *Public User Interface
   <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1113>*. *Many of these
   issues will be redressed with the forthcoming PUI release candidate.*
   - 11 respondents indicated problems with *Imports
   <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1092> *including problems
   with CSV-to-accession mapping (#38), and "getting inventories into
   resources" (#10, #33, #41).
   - As expected, a number of respondents documented issues with *Reports
   <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1094>*. 7 respondents
   described problems with the reports component (#57, #76).
   - 5 respondents indicated problems with *Exports
   <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1093>* including problems
   with bugs and irregularities with MARC, MODS, and EAD exports (#9, #12,
   #22, #30).
   - Other "pain points" include application management, user management,
   rights management, and printing.

*Survey Summary (Q6)*

   - 45 of 83 respondents indicated features their organization would like
   to see implemented (Q6).
   - The lion's share of the collected responses relate to the staff
   interface including the organization of search results, batch editing/RDE,
   the behavior of the object tree, and general user interface tweaks (such as
   resizing form elements).
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