As a researcher, I want for the information in ArchivesSpace to be easily consumed by my citation software of choice
I want it to be easy for whatever citation software I choose to turn any page of archival description on ArchivesSpace into a citation.
I know that ArchivesSpace already has a "generate citation" feature, but that's not very useful to researchers who use software to manage their citations. Even if I were to use that, I would have to copy and paste each of the fields into my citation manager so that it can be saved, referenced, and turned into a scholarly citation in different formats.
And when I use the normal "save as citation" browser extension from Zotero, it doesn't map our structured metadata in a useful way.
It looks like this may have to do with the way that ArchivesSpace marks up its metadata as HTML. Zotero has some good guidance about how websites can make their metadata better harvestable: https://www.zotero.org/support/dev/exposing_metadata
At the May 27, 2020 meeting of Dev/Pri, we decided to pass this to a community developer for implementation. The implementation should pull from the PUI linked data and address what the core application needs to do to better surface this data to these types of citation managers. We also decided to increase the priority to major.
I know that there are a lot of tickets out there about the “create citation” function in ArchivesSpace, and I sort of wonder if a good punt is to just better structure the page so that software that is meant to manage citations can just do it for us.