[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Date Expression Parsing / Issues with Timewalk Plugin

Valerie Addonizio vaddonizio at atlas-sys.com
Mon Oct 4 12:43:07 EDT 2021

Hi Laurie,

I wanted to clarify one point you raised in your email. There is no automatic date parsing in AS out of the box; I’m thinking that any date parsing that you enjoyed was coming from Timewalk. The recent release notes for AS 3.0.2 did talk about date parsing, but that was very specific to preexisting dates in Agent records and was a one-time process associated with the update past 3.0.0, at which point AS parses dates for Agents. That date parsing isn’t referring to a feature in AS, just a one time script that gets run as part of the update past 3.0.0 and then never again.

This doesn’t help you, I know! I’m only clarifying that note associated with 3.0.2 and beyond and that date parsing isn’t a feature (so I wouldn’t expect a fix except from an updated timewalk plugin)


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> On Behalf Of Benn Joseph
Sent: Monday, October 4, 2021 12:30 PM
To: Archivesspace Users Group <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Date Expression Parsing / Issues with Timewalk Plugin

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<mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto: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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