Presentation Type

Lightning Talk

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Other

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The Archivists' Toolkit (AT) is an open source archival data management system designed to support regular work functions of primary source repositories including accessioning, tracking donor names and correspondence, arrangement and description, managing locations for materials, authority control for names and subjects, and the creation of EAD finding aids (as well as MARCXML, METS, MODS, and Dublin Core records) while promoting data standardization and efficiency. The University of Oregon and Oregon State University share a joint instance of AT, the only inter-institutional implementation to date. While AT is not designed for collaboration, the OSUO project team identified ways to use AT to help share information and facilitate collaboration cost-effectively. Our joint instance can be a model for other institutions wishing to collaborate, as well as regional consortia wishing to host instances to support smaller institutions without the required technical infrastructure. The lightning talk will provide a technical overview of creating a joint instance between institutions, highlight key areas of collaboration and how AT can/has facilitated (including work flow issues, authority control, collection development, and reference), and outline steps for moving forward.

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Start Date

11-2-2011 4:00 PM

End Date

11-2-2011 4:30 PM

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/19946

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Feb 11th, 4:00 PM Feb 11th, 4:30 PM

The Archivists' Toolkit As A Collaborative Tool Between Primary Source Repositories

The Archivists' Toolkit (AT) is an open source archival data management system designed to support regular work functions of primary source repositories including accessioning, tracking donor names and correspondence, arrangement and description, managing locations for materials, authority control for names and subjects, and the creation of EAD finding aids (as well as MARCXML, METS, MODS, and Dublin Core records) while promoting data standardization and efficiency. The University of Oregon and Oregon State University share a joint instance of AT, the only inter-institutional implementation to date. While AT is not designed for collaboration, the OSUO project team identified ways to use AT to help share information and facilitate collaboration cost-effectively. Our joint instance can be a model for other institutions wishing to collaborate, as well as regional consortia wishing to host instances to support smaller institutions without the required technical infrastructure. The lightning talk will provide a technical overview of creating a joint instance between institutions, highlight key areas of collaboration and how AT can/has facilitated (including work flow issues, authority control, collection development, and reference), and outline steps for moving forward.