[Archivesspace_Users_Group] plugin for creating the Next avail Accession number

Majewski, Steven Dennis (sdm7g) sdm7g at virginia.edu
Wed Feb 28 17:10:13 EST 2018

I don’t know if it works for current version, but if it doesn’t load, it’s likely the only thing that needs to be changed is the  frontend/plugin_init.rb file, to use the new method of loading the routes.rb file:

ArchivesSpace::Application.extend_aspace_routes(File.join(File.dirname(__FILE__), "routes.rb"))

I have a modified version at:  https://github.com/uvalib/generate_accession_identifiers <https://github.com/uvalib/generate_accession_identifiers> which works under 2.x, 
which was originally forked from an earlier Yale version, but has two primary differences:

[1] It produced IDs of the form  ORGCODE YYYY NNNN
where ORGCODE is either the org_code from the repository, or it that is nil, the short repo code for the repository.
It keeps a separate sequence counter in the DB for each ORGCODE and YEAR, for example:

[2] It tries to work with the user_pref[‘default_values’] setting to enable or disable automatic generation. 

It has worked fine for us, with one occasional source of confusion. Because this setting can have 3 values ( true, false, nil ) but the checkbox in the UI can only represent 2 values ( false and nil both map to unchecked ), it can sometimes be unclear whether or not it is enabled. This is something that needs to be fixed in the staff UI. 

If you have other use of the ‘Pre-populate Records’ setting, you may have a conflict as you cannot enable or disable the different fields or use-cases separately. 

( I just added a further note to the README to try to explain this issue: )

This plugin is engaged by the pre-populate-records preference setting. ( preferences/defaults/default_values = true ) If default_values is false or unset (nil), then plugin will not generate accession ids.

In the staff UI, this is labeled as 'Pre-populate Records?' with a checkbox for boolean values. This can be set on a User,Repository or Global basis.

Note that because the value can have 3 possible settings ( true, false, nil ), but the checkbox can represent only 2 values, there can be some confusion over whether a value is unset (nil), which cause it to fallthru to the next level of settings, or false, which causes it to return false.

— Steve Majewski

> On Feb 28, 2018, at 2:28 PM, Kari R Smith <smithkr at mit.edu> wrote:
> Hi group,
> Can someone tell me if the plug-in for Accessions that automatically creates the next avail accession number (given local standards) has been updated for 2.3.x?  I’d like to have that implemented for our installation but am not sure which plug-in version (where to get the code) is current.
> Thanks for pointers and help with this!
> Kari
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