[Archivesspace_Users_Group] exporting an identifier for use in a URL to the public user interface

Karen Miller k-miller3 at northwestern.edu
Mon Oct 31 10:51:28 EDT 2016

Good morning.

We are getting ready (at long last!) to migrate from Archon to ArchivesSpace at Northwestern University. Currently we have a customized EAD Export from Archon that writes an <eadid at identifier> value that can be stuck to the end of a static URL to create a link back to the finding aid in our customized portal. The portal we use now is a Blacklight interface that draws from finding aids stored in Fedora. When we move to ArchivesSpace, we'll be using the ArchivesSpace PUI instead of the Fedora/Blacklight setup.

My question is whether there's a way to export an <eadid> element either with a url attribute that contains a full URL to the finding aid in the PUI or with an identifier attribute that can be used to build a URL. We are currently using the EAD exported from Archon to create records for ingest into our Primo discovery layer and I'd like to continue doing this with ArchivesSpace.

I saw this question raised about a year ago in the Google Group for ArchivesSpace, but the only response was a suggestion to copy the URL from the finding aid in the PUI into the EAD Location field in the Finding Aid Data sub-record in the staff interface before exporting the EAD. We have over 1100 finding aids that we're going to have to reharvest into Primo (not to mention ArchiveGrid and the Chicago Collections website) with updated URLs, and I just don't see that as a good option for us.

I though perhaps I could use the URL that appear in the staff interface (like this one):


to build the URL that appears in the public user interface (like this one):


but that requires knowing the repository that holds the resource. I suppose that could be gotten from the filedesc\publicationstmt, but it seems a little inelegant, and perhaps dicey as well.

Has anybody else come up with an elegant solution to this issue? I can't imagine we're the only institution that's repurposing our EAD. Any suggestions are appreciated!


Karen D. Miller
Monographic Cataloger/Metadata Specialist
Northwestern University Libraries
Northwestern University
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
k-miller3 at northwestern.edu

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