Roadmap (as of January 2022)

Update on August 30, 2022: Please note that due to staffing changes we are currently putting together the roadmap and projections for releases for the rest of 2022 and calendar year 2023. More information will be available soon.

We aim for three releases per year. If urgent updates are needed in between releases, we may put out an additional release. In calendar year 2022, we project releases in January 2022, May 2022, and September 2022.

Work Currently Scheduled through Spring 2022

When work is ready it goes into a release. Sometimes work will be moved to a future release if it is not ready by the time of a scheduled release. More detailed information is available closer to the time of a release.

Fall 2021

Winter 2022

Spring-Summer 2022

  • staff interface upgrades

  • Solr upgrade

  • ARKs (Smithsonian contribution)

  • bug fixes and new features from sprints, including

    • custom reports

    • additions to spreadsheet importers

  • staff interface upgrades

  • PDF improvements

  • bug fixes and new features from sprints, including

    • agents feedback

    • spawning

  • staff interface upgrades

  • EAD3 importer

  • bug fixes and new features from sprints, including

    • reports

    • documentation

Brief explanations of scheduled projects:

agents feedback: the agents module was substantially expanded for v3.0.0. Now that people have had some time to get familiar with the changes, there are improvements to be made based on feedback.

custom reports: Ability to create and save custom report templates, in addition to the canned reports that come with ArchivesSpace. Customization will be limited to the data elements that can be included and will not involve layout and formatting

EAD3 importer: Review of EAD3 export to ensure it still meets needs. Revision if needed, then mapping and import functionality for EAD3 that mirrors EAD3 export.

PDF improvements: Improve mechanism for public user interface PDF and bring staff and public interface stylesheets closer together. Improve accessibility of PDFs across the application.

spawning: Right now there is a single spawning map for the application and it does not take default values into account. Users would like more control.

Solr upgrade: Moving to a new version of Solr requires a move to non-embedded Solr - there will be both technical work and community communication/education required.

staff interface upgrades: Many infrastructure upgrades that are needed for future staff interface improvements - Bootstrap 4, Rails 6, new date picker, revisit Selenium tests, reviewing Javascript packaging/dependencies


Priorities not currently scheduled for this year, but may be added if resources or community partners become available

  • improvements to public interface search

  • bulk edit

  • multi-language and international standards support

  • users and permissions

Please note that anti-racism development projects will be scheduled through a different process.