As an archivist, project, or repository manager I would like ArchivesSpace to have more scaffolding or infrastructure to make redescription work or antiracist description work easier


This is more of a series of improvements than a single improvement, but might include new fields or sub-records, templates, and versioning. This issue will be refined with further discussion. This idea came up in the anti-racism and inclusion community discussions in summer 2020.


Noah Huffman
December 15, 2020, 6:41 PM

Hi , based on some local Duke priorities and some amazing work already done by Princeton, I was thinking about ways to build a DEI auditing toolset in ASpace. Princeton has already established some great lexicons, scripts, and workflows for doing this kind of work in the EAD context, but I thought building out something similar in ASpace could be useful for the community.

One low-barrier task might be creating a plugin that contains a suite of custom reports that could surface description in need of remediation. The plugin code could be shared so that the report criteria could be edited by individual orgs. Or, possibly, the reports could be built to allow custom input at runtime.

Anyway, just brainstorming and leaving this comment here in case anyone else is working on a similar project or would be interested in collaborating on such a project.




Christine Di Bella