[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Development plans for Digital Objects in PUI?

Brassell, Emily ebrassel at email.unc.edu
Tue Dec 7 14:09:37 EST 2021

Hi Christine,

Thanks so much, this is really helpful!  We’ve been fortunate to get some good guidance and feedback from ArcLight users, including Duke and University of Georgia (thanks, ya’ll!), and there’s a lot to admire.  It’s a tough decision, but we’re learning a lot along the way.


Emily Brassell
Software Development, UNC-CH Library
ebrassel at email.unc.edu<mailto:ebrassel at email.unc.edu>

From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> on behalf of Christine Di Bella <christine.dibella at lyrasis.org>
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 10:48 AM
To: Archivesspace_Users_Group at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Development plans for Digital Objects in PUI?
Hello Emily,

Getting a community discussion going about revisiting the digital objects module of ArchivesSpace is a long-term goal, but the program team is currently short-staffed and there is a substantial backlog of development that has already been prioritized through the Development Prioritization sub-team right now. While we work to phase in smaller improvements over time (including the two JIRAs you note that should be in the next release) I don’t anticipate us being able to make more significant changes to this area of the application in the next year. We’ll updating the roadmap (https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ADC/pages/2634973195/Roadmap+as+of+September+2021) soon.

You mention ArcLight as something you’re considering for discovery. Particularly given UNC Chapel Hill’s size and requirement for being able to hold description in draft before having it appear in the public interface that sounds like a good option to me. There are a number of ArcLight users in the ArchivesSpace community and a good body of community practice for it. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend reaching out to users at Duke, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University, in particular, about their reasons for going with ArcLight over the ArchivesSpace public interface. You may also want to get a different thread going about it on this listserv.


Christine Di Bella
ArchivesSpace Program Manager
christine.dibella at lyrasis.org<mailto:christine.dibella at lyrasis.org>
800.999.8558 x2905


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> On Behalf Of Brassell, Emily
Sent: Monday, December 6, 2021 3:23 PM
To: Archivesspace_Users_Group at lyralists.lyrasis.org
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Development plans for Digital Objects in PUI?

Hi all,

We’re in the process of migrating EAD into ArchivesSpace and have been considering whether to use the PUI or implement ArcLight for our public interface. One of our major concerns with the PUI is its handling of digital objects (the second is publishing workflow — we really want the ability to make extensive edits over time and to preview them, without risking publishing works-in-progress). It’s great that there are tickets to improve the handling of digital objects! Such as these:

  *   Digital Objects Search: ANW-1102<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-1102> (Awaiting Prioritization), ANW-1343<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-1343> (Ready for Testing)
  *   Easily identifying digitized content within a collection:  ANW-1157<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-1157> (Awaiting More Information) and spinoff ANW-1206<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-1206> (Awaiting Prioritization)
  *   Integration and display of thumbnails: ANW-810<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-810> (Ready for Testing), ANW-1209<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-1209> (Awaiting Prioritization).
It looks like there has been recent activity on ANW-1343 and ANW-810, yay! For the rest, we’re wondering whether there’s any timeline for when they might be worked on or make it into a release? Apologies if we missed this somewhere in the meeting notes of the Development Prioritization sub-team or elsewhere. There’s a note in ANW-1157<https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/ANW-1157> from March 2021 that mentions that part of this ticket’s feature request "should be part of a larger discussion related to Digital Objects,” and we wondered if this discussion is planned? Sounds like there’s the potential for significant changes to Digital Objects module?

We’re glad to be migrating to ArchivesSpace and appreciate all transparency around development and the great community support!

Emily Brassell

Emily Brassell
Software Development, UNC-CH Library
ebrassel at email.unc.edu<mailto:ebrassel at email.unc.edu>

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