[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Maximum finding aid size

Majewski, Steven Dennis (sdm7g) sdm7g at virginia.edu
Fri Oct 5 15:27:44 EDT 2018

I’ve recently imported a 25MB EAD file as well as some around 10-15MB. 
It took a significant amount of time to ingest — about an hour. 
This was on a test server with minimal load other than that job, 
so you may want to schedule your ingest at off hours. 
Definitely do it on a test server first, because it’s difficult to back out of
if you need to fix something and try again. 

( This was using the current version (v2.5.0). Some very early versions were unacceptably slow. )

I think the primary overhead is in creating objects, more than the EAD parsing, 
so it probably scales by some other order of complexity rather than just text size. 
i.e. creating a very large bioghist or other note is still only creating a single object
and is probably a single MySQL operation, while turning a long list of agent names into 
agent records and linking them to the resource is many operations. 

— Steve Majewski

> On Oct 5, 2018, at 3:00 PM, Kevin W. Schlottmann <kws2126 at columbia.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Does anyone have a sense of where the size limitations are in
> ArchivesSpace?  We have some very large finding aids (10+ MB EAD) that
> we hope to import, manage, and publish using AS. I would image that
> other institutions have large finding aids, and I'm curious to know
> what issues we might run into.
> Best,
> Kevin
> -- 
> Kevin Schlottmann
> Head of Archives Processing
> Rare Book & Manuscript Library
> Butler Library, Room 801
> Columbia University
> 535 W. 114th St., New York, NY  10027
> (212) 854-8483
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