The Technical Committee of the Archivist's Workbench, a project to
develop tools that automate some aspects of archival representation is
seeking information on tools that institutions have built to facilitate
their collection management, generation of archival description or other
archival tasks. We hope that this tool would become freely available to
the archival community.
In many cases, individual archival institutions or consortia have built
databases in tools such as Microsoft Access to do things like manage
collection level information, manage donor information, support
appraisal functions or to generate descriptive output such as EAD.
Consortial efforts have built web forms for data entry into common
We would like to know what things have been done, who is doing them,
what sort of technical infrastructure they are using, what archival
functions their tool supports, what standards (descriptive or otherwise)
they have based their data model on.
If you have built such a tool for inhouse or consortial work we would
like to ask you a few questions. If you have, or you know of a group
that we should know about, please let me or Clayton Redding
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We would really like to get a sense of the how the archival community is
automating these tasks.
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