[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Date Expression Parsing / Issues with Timewalk Plugin

Benn Joseph benn.joseph at northwestern.edu
Mon Oct 4 12:29:37 EDT 2021

This could be a good opportunity to plug this feature request:

Part of the reason we at one point considered using date expressions in addition to normalized dates is because the normalized dates in the PUI are:

  *   Not easily human-readable (i.e. “1935-03-19 - 1935-03-23”)
  *   Only partially compliant with DACS 2.4.14 (the example given in DACS is “1906 March 17”; also, “Expression of dates as all numerals is discouraged due to the differing conventions in the order of information”


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> On Behalf Of Dan Michelson
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2021 9:38 AM
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Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Date Expression Parsing / Issues with Timewalk Plugin

Hi Laurie,

I've never used the Timewalk plugin, but why use the date expression field at all when you don't have to?  That would avoid having to enter the same information twice, aside from cases like "Spring 2020," which don't translate perfectly to the normalized date fields.

All the best,


On Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 9:29 AM Laurie Sather <lsather at hagley.org<mailto:lsather at hagley.org>> wrote:

Anyone else having trouble with the Date Expression no longer parsing out? How is everyone else dealing with this?  The timewalk plugin is no longer compatible, so we had to disable it, which is very inconvenient to now have to manually reenter all the same information.

It sounded like Aspace was going to include a fix with v3.0.2, but the automatic date expression parsing still does not function (with or without the plugin).


Thank you!

Laurie Sather, MA, MLIS, CA
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