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ICA-AtoM Goes to Brazil

July 5th, 2008 · 5 Comments · ICA-AtoM, Meetings & Presentations

I am in Goiânia, Brazil right now, attending the Association of Brazilian Archivists conference. Yesterday, I delivered a 3 hour presentation on the ICA-AtoM Project and Open Source Software for Archives. They seem to like long presentations with lively debate running into over-time here in Brazil. Fortunately, there was a translation service available, although the animated debates sounded much more interesting in their native Portugese. I have posted my presentation slides here

I did the entire software demonstration and presentation using the Ubuntu Linux LiveCD which we have customized to load a demo version of ICA-AtoM. We are currently duplicating these CDs for distribution to all the registrants at the ICA Congress in Kuala Lumpur where we are officially launching the Beta 1.0 release of the software. The LiveCD includes a free copy of the OpenOffice.org suite which I used for my presentation slideshow. You are free to burn your own copy of the DemoCD which is available for download here.

The Brazilian Archivists are very interested in the ICA-AtoM. This is due in large part to the fact that the entire Brazilian public sector is rapidly switching over to open-source solutions. Since ICA-AtoM is translated into Portugese, it now gives Brazilian archival institutions an opportunity to join in this movement.

Director Matos, Ricardo, and Peter Therefore, I was very pleased to meet Director Maria Tereza de Britto Matos and Ricardo Sodré Andrade from the Bahia State Archives this week. Ricardo has been doing the Portugese translations for the ICA-AtoM project. He will be installing ICA-AtoM at the Bahia State Archives shortly so that they can begin beta testing the software.

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ricardo Sodré Andrade » Andanças por Goiânia: XV Congresso Brasileiro de Arquivologia // Jul 5, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    [...] Peter Van Garderen, do projeto ICA-AtoM [...]

  • 2 timatherton // Jul 23, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Is the project in a useable form yet from the downloads?

    (wanting to run some trial data through it etc…)


    tim a

  • 3 peterVG // Jul 23, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Tim. Yes, the beta 1.0 release was formally launched in Kuala Lumpur at the ICA Congress two days ago. It is available for download or use in several ways (online demo, demo cd, web host installer, code checkout). See http://ica-atom.org

  • 4 timatherton // Jul 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Peter – sounds good

    So, where a can I go with problems… :-)

    Such as:

    The download version seems to load okay (OS X 10.5) and I can log in as admin etc, but if I go to say Add New Archival Description, I get an empty page with just “edit archival description” in the top corner.

    Whereas Add New Authority Record seems to come up with all the fields, but there is no Add New Record “save” button (and it doesn’t look like the page on the online demo)

    (same for Repository. Terms seems okay though).

    I’ve tried the source code with SVN etc, but I think that whole thing is close to the edge of my skills..

    tim a

    (Oh – trying it out at home rather than the office, I couldn’t get the download to load on Windows machines – after checking the system and trying to load up, I got an error – that it couldn’t find “sfInstallPlugin/configure”

  • 5 peterVG // Jul 24, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Sorry about the install troubles you’ve run into. This is all part of the growing pains of launching a beta web application :-)

    Installation instructions can be found at http://qubit-toolkit.org/index.php?title=Installation. Also, you can post issues like these to the qubit-dev discussion list where someone involved with the project will answer your questions.

    Lastly, the problems you are reporting are ones we haven’t encountered before. If you could post some screen captures that would help us to track down what is going on.