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I am pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has 
generously awarded funding to the Archivists' Toolkit Project to 
support a second development phase for the Archivists' Toolkit application.

The project will continue to be a collaboration among the Five 
Colleges, Inc., New York University Libraries, and the UCSD 
Libraries.  Project staff will be located at each of the institutional sites.

The second development phase, a 24 month period, will commence in 
mid-February 2007.

The second development phase will have three key objectives:

1: Refine the performance and functionality of AT Version 1.0, 
including enriching records to support export of assessment data to 
the Archival Metrics group (http://www.si.umich.edu/ArchivalMetrics/),
establishing a one to many relationship from name to name contact 
information so that multiple contact data can be recorded for each 
name, promoting digital object records to a primary level, supporting 
tracking of temporary locations, redesigning the subject module to 
include more subject types and support faceted headings, including 
more data entry time saver devices like the Rapid Data Entry Screen 
and Repository Default Values already present in Version 1.0., and 
supporting batch import and export processes.

2: Introduce new functionality, including support for user 
registration / use tracking, rights management, appraisal, and making 
the AT application interoperable with user authentication systems and 
digital repository applications.

3: Formulate and implement a business plan, in collaboration with an 
expert business consultant.  Likely aspects of the plan will include 
implementing a community governance model for the application, 
developing a user community, and establishing an effective process 
for supporting use and development of the application, as well a 
sufficient staffing model.

Details of the second development phase will be posted to the 
Archivists' Toolkit website (www.archiviststoolkit.org) in the near future.

The AT Project Team looks forward to working with the archival 
community in satisfying these objectives.

Brad Westbrook
Archivists' Toolkit Project Manager


Bradley D. Westbrook
Metadata Librarian and Digital Archivist
UCSD Libraries 0175-K
UC, San Diego
La Jolla, CA  92093-0175

Phone:  858-822-0612
Fax:       858-822-0349
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