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The ICA-AtoM Project is growing up

May 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments · ICA-AtoM, Meetings & Presentations, News

It was a little over two years ago now that Peter Horsman of the Dutch Archiefschool and I toyed around with the idea of trying to get an open-source archival description software project off the ground. We found a willing partner in the ICA and off we went. It’s been a race to the ICA Congress in Kuala Lumpur ever since. We will launch our first beta 1.0 release there in July. When we drafted our initial project plan I had hoped to have a more polished, mature application ready for the ICA Congress but we have come reasonably far given the short time span, limited resources and very ambitious design which we are working with. Earlier this month we reached another important milestone when we held the first meeting of the ICA-AtoM Steering Committee in Amsterdam. Besides good software, documentation and an active user community, the other critical success factor for any open-source project is to clearly establish its purpose, licensing and governance structure. This is namely to assure potential users that thought and planning has gone into the long-term sustainability of the software. After the Steering Committee meeting in Amsterdam I think the ICA-AtoM project is well on its way to accomplishing this. See my discussion list post for more information about the ICA-AtoM mission statement and governance structure.

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  • 1 timatherton // Jun 19, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I only came across this project recently – I’m really looking forward to seeing how it looks and works.

    Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    I’ve worked with open source software in other areas, but not really archives (how much is out there for archives…?)

    tim atherton
    Assistant Curator
    (Archives & Research)
    Musée Héritage Museum

  • 2 peterVG // Jun 20, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Tim. If you’re familiar with the Subversion tool then you can check out a copy from our code repository right now, See http://ica-atom.org/code.html

    Otherwise if you wait about a month, we will have a version available for download from the project website which will include a web application installer (e.g. similar to how you would install a WordPress or Drupal instance).

    In the meanwhile, you can browse the user manual to get an idea of what the application looks like and what functionality is available in beta 1.0.
    http://www.ica-atom.org/docs/index.php?title=User_manual

    As far as open-source software for archives is concerned you should have come to the ACA conference in Fredericton last week :-)

    I co-presented a session on exactly that topic. We demonstrated ICA-AtoM, Archivist Toolkit and Greenstone. The presentation slides are available here: http://archivemati.ca/papers-presentations/

    See also a recent thread on the ica-atom discussion list about open-source options for archivists: http://groups.ica.org/en/node/27