[Archivesspace_Users_Group] unpublished ancestor message

Christine Di Bella christine.dibella at lyrasis.org
Mon Sep 19 11:15:07 EDT 2016

Hello Stephen,

It sounds like there are a few things going on here. I’ll respond to them as I understand them, but please feel free to correct if I’m mistaken about what you’re trying to do.

First, on the message about having an unpublished ancestor, what version of ArchivesSpace are you using? I am so far seeing the correct behavior on this in 1.5.1. When I have a complex digital object (i.e. one with multiple components/levels of hierarchy), if the top level is not marked as published, the message appears next to the Publish box on the components warning that the ancestor is unpublished. If I set the ancestor to publish, that message goes away. It changes responsively when I click or unclick the Publish box in the way that’s intended.

I do see that the translation value is missing, which is causing the label to appear as translation missing: en.digital_object_component.has_unpublished_ancestor in View mode. This would appear to be a bug, but it’s for the label display only.

Second, it sounds like you’re linking digital objects to resource components. When a digital object is an instance of a resource component, there is not a correlation between setting a resource component to publish or not publish and this message on the instance, which is intentional. Like a container instance, a digital object instance is a manifestation/version of the resource component, not a child of it, and its information is only necessary in the context of the component if you’re viewing it as part of a resource record. (Because of the way the Digital Objects module in ArchivesSpace works, it also lives on its own as a record in that module.) The digital object instance itself can be set to be published or not.

Third, while you can make a complex digital object an instance of a resource component, only the top level of the object appears in the tree of the resource record and in the exported EAD. The latter is a limitation of EAD. The full hierarchy of the complex digital object is linked in the ArchivesSpace public interface.

I hope that helps to clear up a little bit what is going on and what is/is not possible in relation to resource components and digital objects. Please just let us know if you have other questions.


Christine Di Bella
Community Outreach Manager
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From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Innes
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:50 PM
To: Archivesspace Users Group <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] unpublished ancestor message

Can anyone suggest a solution for this message which appears in digital component records in AS? The ancestor is a parent-level digital object record which is published. We are trying to link digital objects to finding aid metadata. We are also having difficulty displaying the links in the finding aid so I am attaching the EAD file for the collection as well.

Label part-2
Identifier mair-01-02
Publish? True
translation missing: en.digital_object_component.has_unpublished_ancestor False

Thank you.

Stephen Innes (ALIANZA)
Special Collections Manager
General Library, Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui
The University of Auckland
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