[Archivesspace_Users_Group] External identifiers in agents

Cory Nimer cory_nimer at byu.edu
Wed Apr 10 15:15:20 EDT 2019


The upcoming Agents module revision (https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-429) includes an Alternative Set section that allow links to other authority records, which might be useful when it is finished. If you are just interested in a simple link, though, the External Documents section does allow recording a link that is currently available in the PUI display. Do either of these approaches meet your need, or what else might be needed?

When you mentioned that there is a place for recording external identifiers for terms, was this in the Subjects module? There is a pending ticket to allow URIs to be recorded for controlled terms (https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-355?), but I hadn't heard that there had been any progress in this area.


Cory Nimer

University Archivist

Brigham Young University


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> on behalf of Galligan, Patrick <PGalligan at rockarch.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:28 AM
To: Archivesspace Users Group
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] External identifiers in agents

Hey all,

We were just looking at the models in AS and noticed that the backend models for Terms, Resources, Objects, etc. supported external identifiers (even if the GUI doesn't), and we found it kind of weird that the Agents module doesn't.

We'd love to have the ability to link out to a DBPedia or Wikidata entry for an agent without having to add an extraneous Name Form and Source just for that information. It doesn't feel like a good way to go about doing that. Can anyone foresee any issues with something like this? Would you be in support of this being added to the Agents model? It appears to be a fairly easy change, even if it is a database change.



Patrick Galligan
Digital Archivist
Rockefeller Archive Center
(914) 366-6386
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