[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Classifications

Kennedy, Nancy KennedyN at si.edu
Fri Sep 15 17:59:29 EDT 2017

Thanks Christie.  I see now .. I can add the classification parent or child from the accessions edit screen, even if I can't from the classification child screen itself.

Are you all using the PUI?  I wonder if it makes sense to make the classification available in the EAD.

Nancy Kennedy
Smithsonian Institution
kennedyn at si.edu
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Hi Nancy,

We're using the classifications strictly for our College Archives, which has a long-standing Record Group system in place. We're not using it for the Sophia Smith Collection or the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, both of which are set up as separate repositories within our ASpace instance.

The classifications mirror the pre-existing RG system, so, for example, RG12 is "Special Events and People," and the child classification 12.01 is "Anniversaries."

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We just went into production with this, so I can't comment on how well it works yet, but it seemed like the logical thing for us to do. We do have accessions linked to both top-level and child-level classifications, so that functionality appears to work.


Christie Peterson

On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 4:52 PM Kennedy, Nancy <KennedyN at si.edu<mailto:KennedyN at si.edu>> wrote:
All –
How are you using classifications at your institutions?  In particular, can anyone speak to the nested ‘child’ classifications? I’ve been looking at the feature in our test installations, but am interested to see if anyone is using this out in the wild.  What’s the purpose of nested child classifications, given that it seems I can only attach a resource/accession/digital object to the top parent classification term?

I see AR-1884<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1884> suggesting that classifications be available across multiple repositories. I can see some benefit there, though so far, most of my users have seemed to prefer the idea that classifications would be repo specific. We haven’t adopted classifications yet, but if it looks like they would become global, I’d like to get more details sooner than later.


Nancy Kennedy
Smithsonian Institution
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