A Call from the Technology Team Chair:
You may have seen some messages from the Technology Team earlier this summer about the working groups we are in the process of forming. After a slight delay, we are excited to share the official charges for the ArchivesSpace and EAD3 Working Groups!
The ArchivesSpace Working Group (WG) will be collecting data about ArchivesSpace use by the Virginia Heritage membership, suggesting some practical next steps for potential adopters, as well as for the Virginia Heritage Technology, Outreach, and Training teams, and coordinating with the EAD3 WG to identify potential barriers to implementation until ArchivesSpace is in compliance. You can read the detailed charge for the ArchivesSpace Working Group online. Please note: Your institution does NOT need to be using ArchivesSpace to serve on this working group. It may help to have some familiarity with it (there’s a sandbox here: http://www.archivesspace.org/sandbox), but this is also a good learning opportunity if you’d like to know more!
The EAD3 WG will be drafting an implementation plan to move Virginia Heritage from EAD 2002 to EAD3 that includes dealing with legacy/existing files, suggesting some training ideas once EAD3 is implemented, and coordinating with the ArchivesSpace WG to identify potential barriers to implementation until ArchivesSpace and other archival management currently in use by VH member institutions is in compliance. You can read the detailed charge for the EAD3 Working Group online. Please note: You do NOT need to be an EAD expert to serve on this working group—if you’re looking for an opportunity to learn about EAD 2002 and EAD3, this is a great chance to do so!
Since we know this blog does not reach everyone, we encourage you share the post with your colleagues in the LAM community in Virginia that you know may have overlapping interests. We would like to have working groups that represent diverse institutions, uses of software and standards, and wide range of back-end and end users.
At this time, we are especially interested in volunteers for the EAD3 Working Group, which currently only has two members. However, if you missed our previous calls for the ArchivesSpace WG and are especially interested in serving, please let us know, as we may be able to add 1-2 more members. There are sign-up sheets for the ArchivesSpace and EAD3 working groups available online. We are looking to fill out both working groups by the end of August, if not sooner, so they can begin their efforts! You may also contact Kira Dietz (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Technology Team chair, to volunteer, ask questions, or get more information.
Many thanks to the volunteers so far and for the future ones!