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Keep up-to-date with the project and working group activities.

Project Scope

ArchivesSpace has engaged The Cherry Hill Company to provide assessment, project management, and design services to the ArchivesSpace program staff and community in support of enhancing the public interface of the ArchivesSpace software application.  As part of this effort, a members-only working group has been convened to work closely with the design firm and program staff to ensure that requirements, priorities, testing, and acceptance of the work product meets member needs and expectations. 

The primary deliverables of this project include:

  1. Establishment of an overall graphic style and interaction design for the public interface and definition of a set of supporting guidelines.
  2. Identification of areas and/or elements of the public interface that could be modified or enhanced in order to improve usability and provide greater ease of interaction for public users of the application
  3. Development of a set of enhancements to the core code base (based on #2 above)
  4. Development of plugins (As possible and in collaboration with additional development partners to be determined)

The project can be divided, roughly, into three phases:

  1. The Design Phase (March - December 2015)
  2. The Development Phase (January December 2016 March June 2017)
  3. The Release Phase (December 2016 - March 2017 March - June - July 2017)
    • The test corpus is available at (documentation and other release notes forthcoming with the 2.1 release)

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  1. Is there any interest in setting up something like a slack channel or google group for this? Might help with discussions that are tricky on conference calls.

  2. Great suggestion Maura. We can easily set up a Slack channel. And, I ought to have mentioned that Cherry Hill regularly uses GoToMeeting and we're anticipating using that for our 2x/month calls with them.

  3. I've never used a slack channel before, but I'm game!

  4. OK so, I've set up an ArchivesSpace Slack Channel and sent everyone an invitation to join. You'll be added automatically to #general.  Let's keep our conversations in the #pui-working-group channel.

  5. While I'm pleased this is moving ahead I'm surprised, unless I completely missed something, that there were no announcements or updates regarding the process leading up to this stage. As a member of the Technical Advisory Council I feel completely in the dark about how things got this far; how and why decisions were made; how the working group was formed, and so on.

  6. Hi, Mark.  Just saw your comment so I wanted to chime in.

    So far, most of the discussions around forming this group took place on the ArchivesSpace Listserv (though a few discussions also took place on SAA’s Collection Management Roundtable Discussion list), with the first email announcement going out on 5/7, I believe.

    Also, as a former member of the Users Advisory Council, I know that this group was discussed before on a few of those calls.  I’ve never been on any of the TAC calls, but it looks like it was discussed at the meeting on 5/18,

    As for how the group was formed, that was completely volunteer based, including the fact that I am chairing the group – although that’s something that I’ve been asking LYRASIS about doing since late last calendar year, since it’s a project that I’ve wanted to work on for some time now and I've luckily been given permission by my supervisor to focus a lot of my time for the next year on this project.  Personally, I’m really happy with how the volunteer process turned out.  Not counting representation from LYRASIS, we have 14 members from 12 different institutions, which include a historical society and a corporate archives in the mix.

    At this point, things are really starting to ramp up with the group, and I agree that we should get the word out there even beyond the membership.  I’ll make sure to get a message out on the Google Group by the end of the week, as well as an update to the membership listserv.  If you have any other ideas, please let us know!