[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Data Dictionary

Christie Peterson cpeterson at smith.edu
Wed Nov 29 09:38:39 EST 2017

Hi Carolyn,

I'm really, really happy to see this project getting off the ground. I've
wished for a data dictionary for ASpace many times in the past few years,
and have on more than one occasion found myself looking at the
specifications from before it was built (
http://archivesspace.org/application/specifications/), at a self-generated
SQL diagram, and then at the current application interface, and trying to
interpret the underlying structure.

These are probably more generic than you want, but here are two use cases
from my own experience:

   - As an archivist, I want to understand the required structures of data
   elements and their relationships to other data elements, so that I can
   leverage computational methods for cleaning up data content.
   - As an archivist, I want to understand the intended use of data
   elements so that I can make informed decisions about local practices.
   - As an archivist, I want documentation of the ArchivesSpace elements
   and data structure that is standardized, clear, and up-to-date so that I
   can share it with non-archivist technologists I am collaborating with on

Please let me know if you need any help with this project; I am very
enthusiastic about seeing it completed and maintained.


Christie Peterson

On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 9:18 AM Runyon, Carolyn <Carolyn-Runyon at utc.edu>

> Hi All,
> The ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council Reports Sub-team is working on a
> data dictionary. As we are building this document, we are soliciting
> feedback from the community to ensure a usable, value-added product. In
> that spirit, do you have a specific use case for a data dictionary? What
> elements would you like to see in a data dictionary?
> If you have suggestions, please feel free to respond to the list or to me
> directly.
> I appreciate your feedback!
> All the best,
> Carolyn
> Carolyn Runyon
> Leader, UAC Reports Sub-team
> Assistant Head of Collection Services and Director of Special Collections
> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
> 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN  37403
> Carolyn-Runyon at utc.edu, (423) 425-4503
> Dept. 6456, LIB 439D
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Christie S. Peterson

Head of Technical Services for Special Collections
Smith College
Northampton, Mass.
cpeterson at smith.edu

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