The short answer to your question is yes.
Aeon is designed to work in conjunction with your existing EAD search and display platform. Basically, your platform serves as a search and discovery tool that enables the user to identify relevant finding aids based on a set of search criteria. To implement Aeon, all you need to do is to add a link from your interface that points to your Aeon server and tells it where to retrieve the native EAD/XML file so that it can redisplay the selected finding aid in the context of the user’s personalized Aeon web account (created at that time, or beforehand). In redisplaying the finding aid, Aeon applies a customizable XSLT stylesheet that creates the collapsible headings used to navigate the guide and the HTML checkboxes next to each container to facilitate automated requesting.
In preparation for the upcoming SAA annual meeting, I’m finalizing a new brochure insert that will illustrate how it all works using an example finding aid from the University of Chicago, which took its Aeon implementation live last month. I’ll follow up with a posting when that brochure has been added in PDF format to our website. (The Ransom Center, by the way, chose to implement our EAD requesting a bit differently, parsing their guides with a script based on our stylesheet beforehand so that users can skip the initial browse and view the finding aid with checkboxes even before logging into their account – Aeon is quite flexible and customizable in that way).
To see this live, feel free to sign up for one of my regularly scheduled online demos; see http://www.atlas-sys.com/products/aeon/resources.html for details.
Thanks for your interest!
If someone is already using an EAD displaying framework (for example, XTF), can the Aeon checkbox functionality integrate into the current framework?
On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM, Christian Dupont <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I have posted the following invitation to the Archivists & Archives list, but since I know that many here don’t subscribe to it, I thought I would repost here (with apologies to those who do subscribe to both). Aeon applies a customizable XSLT stylesheet to your existing EAD/XML finding aids so your patrons can easily browse them and use them to place requests directly, quickly and accurately.
Attending SAA? See Aeon in action at the Harry Ransom Center!
Aeon is a new online circulation and request management system specifically designed for special collections libraries and archives by Atlas Systems, creators of the ILLiad interlibrary system used by more than 1,100 libraries across North America. In April, the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at the University of Texas at Austin became the first site to start using Aeon; see: http://www.hrc.http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/ccdbutexas.edu/research/aeon/.
If you would like to tour the HRC reading room and see Aeon in action, you are cordially invited to attend a special event on Thursday evening, August 13 from 5:00pm–7:00pm. Atlas will provide free transportation between the Hilton Austin conference hotel (leaving at 4:30pm) and the HRC, as well as a complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at the conclusion of the presentation. Please RSVP to me (not to the list!) at [log in to unmask] for details on where to meet transportation and any questions.
Atlas Systems is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of this joint meeting of the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists. We invite you to stop by our booth (#31) in the exhibition hall to learn more about Aeon, other Atlas products and the consulting services we offer.
See you in Austin!
PS: I will also be attending the EAD Roundtable on Wednesday afternoon, and so will be happy to talk with you there as well (some may remember that I did a preliminary presentation about Aeon at last year’s roundtable).
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