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UK Archivematica meeting at Westminster School

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Yesterday the UK Archivematica user group meeting was held in the historic location of Westminster School in central London. A pretty impressive location for a meeting! (credit: Elizabeth Wells) In the morning once fuelled with tea, coffee and biscuits we set about talking about our infrastructures and workflows. It was great to hear from a range of institutions and how Archivematica fits into the bigger picture for them. One of the points that lots of attendees made was that progress can be slow. Many of us were slightly frustrated that we aren't making faster progress in establishing our preservation infrastructures but I think it was a comfort to know that we were not alone in this! I kicked things off by showing a couple of diagrams of our proposed and developing workflows at the University of York. Firstly illustrating our infrastructure for preserving and providing access to research data and secondly looking at our hypothetical workflow for born digital content that comes to

The anatomy of an AtoM upgrade

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Yesterday we went live with our new upgraded production version of AtoM. We've been using AtoM version 2.2 since we first unveiled the Borthwick Catalogue to the world two years ago. Now we have finally taken the leap to version 2.4. We are thrilled to benefit from some of the new features - including the clipboard, being able to search by date range and the full width treeview. Of course we are also keen to test the work we jointly sponsored last year around exposing EAD via OAI-PMH for harvesting . But what has taken us so long you might ask? ...well, upgrading AtoM has been a new experience for us and one that has involved a lot of planning behind the scenes. The technical process of upgrading has been ably handled by our systems administrator. Much of his initial work behind the scenes has been on 'puppetising' AtoM to make it easier to manage multiple versions of AtoM going forward. In this post though I will focus on the less technical steps we have taken to