Implementing DACS in Integrated Content Management Systems: Using Archon™

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
10 ARC, 1.5 CEU
2 days
Max Attendees: 
Tools and Services

This two-day, hands-on workshop focuses on how to describe collections according to the rules of DACS, the national content standard for preparing such descriptions within the context of one integrated content management system. Archon™* is an open-source application available for managing descriptive information about archival records and manuscript collections. The archival data elements and rules supplied by DACS are an integral component of Archon™ and provide an easy way to integrate standards-based description into a repository’s processing workflow. Practical exercises, lecture, class discussions, and demonstrations assist in learning Archon’s™ basic functions and relationships to DACS.


Issues not covered in this workshop include local network configurations, mapping of repository-specific data for import, or new features added to releases of Archon™ after version 2.1.


*The instructors utilize Archon™ to facilitate teaching the content of this workshop. The use of Archon™ does not represent or imply SAA endorsement of this product.

Learning Outcomes: 
Understand technical and administrative issues relevant to implementing Archon™
Install and configure Archon™ for a specific repository and its staff members
Manage physical locations within a repository
Describe accessions, collections, and digital objects using Archon's™ Web forms
Manage name and subject authorities and link them to collection and digital object descriptions
Produce and output descriptive records in standardized formats such as EAD and MARC
Import accession, collection, and legacy finding aid records into Archon™
Customize data input screens and output files for local implementations of Archon™ to meet an individual repositories’ needs
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, special collections librarians, and others with an interest in describing archival materials in an online setting

What You Should Already Know: 

No special technical skills are required to enroll in this workshop, although registrants should have attended SAA’s Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) workshop or have acquired familiarity with DACS. Registrants also should have read the Archon™ User Manual prior to attendance.

“Tips and tricks. The workbook is the best I ever had at a workshop.” — Eddie Woodward
“This was wonderful. I can't believe we imported a database for a major collection and linked digital info—we did it. Can't wait to go home and update to 2.2” — Deborah Davis
“Hands-on exercises; technical information about Archon configuration—slightly more knowledge than I'd gained previously in a basic Archon workshop.” — Tomaro Taylor
“Interaction with developers. Use of software.” — Susan Anderson
“Concise explanation of this approach by a knowledgeable person who uses it.”
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