It looks like the ArchivesSpace project is ready to start developing. Mark Matienzo, the Technical Architect for the ArchivesSpace project circulated a Request for Proposals for the development of ArchivesSpace. The successful respondent will work with the ArchivesSpace project’s technical review team, comprised of a technical architect, professional archivists, advising developers, and build and release managers.
According to the notice posted on the ArchivesSpace Discussion List:
Questions must be received by 5:00PM EDT, Friday, September 16, 2011 and should be sent via email to Mark Matienzo, ArchivesSpace Technical Architect (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Katherine Kott, ArchivesSpace Development Manager (email@example.com). Please format the subject line with the phrase “Question re: ArchivesSpace RFP – [overview of question]”. An email response or status of response will be provided by 5:00PM EDT, Friday September 23, 2011. Questions and answers will be sent to all known participants in the RFP.
Proposals are due by 5:00PM EDT, Friday, October 14, 2011. Proposals should be sent via email to Mark Matienzo, ArchivesSpace Technical Architect (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Katherine Kott, ArchivesSpace Development Manager (email@example.com). Please format the subject line with the phrase “ArchivesSpace Proposal – [Business/firm name of respondent]”.
Exciting stuff. If you’re not familiar with the project, ArchivesSpace is a planned open source software application that combines the functional strengths of the two leading American archival collection management systems: Archon and the Archivists’ Toolkit. The project is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is a partnership between the New York University Libraries, the UC San Diego Libraries, and the University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I’m looking forward to seeing a) who the successful developer will be and b) how the project will evolve during the run-up to the beta release (slated for early 2013). There’s already been some discussion on the list about adding an external documents feature to the names module and possibly the subjects module. I would be more interested to see some kind of OAI harvesting functionality that harvested the metadata rather than link to it. That could be one way to bring collections management closer to authority control projects like Social Networks and Archival Context Project (SNAC) and Virtual International Authority File (VIAF).
Anyway, nice to see things progressing!