[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Linking to digital objects in AS

Noah Huffman noah.huffman at duke.edu
Thu Sep 22 11:05:13 EDT 2016

Hi Stephen,

I wrote a blog post a year or so ago that sort of describes how we handle this at Duke: http://blogs.library.duke.edu/bitstreams/2015/07/06/the-tao-of-the-dao-embedding-digital-objects-in-finding-aids/

Some of this info is a bit outdated, as we've moved most of our digital content into a Fedora repository, but most of the principles still hold.

Our digital resources are discoverable both in finding aids (linked and sometimes embedded) and in our repository interface.  The finding aid interface just pulls the images from the repository based on the <dao> tagging.  Some of this is explained in the blog post.

RE: your last question, we typically link to a repository record with multiple files.  In theory, there is a 1-1 correspondence between digital object records in ASpace and digital objects in our repository.


Noah Huffman
Archivist for Metadata, Systems, and Digital Records
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University | 919-660-5982

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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Linking to digital objects in AS

I have some general questions for the community relating to linking digital archival objects from ArchivesSpace. Although we have substantial digital content we have not yet linked this to EAD metadata and would like feedback from others before our digital development team commit further time to the project. We have spent considerable time adapting stylesheets to present resources through HTML finding aids, but linking to digital objects from AS is new to us.


Are members using links in published finding aids to deliver digital resources, either through an HTML version or the PDF generated from within AS? Or are your digital archival resources separately discovered and linked to?


A specific question we have is: if you link from EAD records, do you link to a repository record with multiple files, or directly to multiple files?


Please reply to the list or directly to me if that's easier.


Thank you,

Stephen Innes (ALIANZA)

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