Archon: A Unified Information Storage and Retrieval System for Lone Archivists, Special Collections Librarians and Curators

Scott W. Schwartz, Christopher J. Prom, Christopher A. Rishel, Kyle J. Fox

Abstract


The University of Illinois developed an open-source collections management software program and in August 2006 began making it freely available to archivists, curators, and special collections librarians with limited technological resources and knowledge. This program gave these individuals the ability to easily mount a variety of on-line access tools to their historical collections using ISAD(G) and DACS -compliant standards for description. Archon was created with robust interoperability using a single web-based platform for the management of collections of documents and artifacts held by archives, museums and libraries. It was developed as a “plug and play” application for easy installation on any web server or on any web hosting service. Its uses common web-browser input mechanisms and SQL data storage in order to produce dynamic data output in the form of searchable collections websites, MARC bibliographic records, collection-level EAD finding aids, and long-term preservation TXT data files.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21083/partnership.v2i2.246

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