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Archive database systems

Adlib Archive

Calm for Archives

Heritage Documentation Management System
The website for the Heritage Documentation Management System, a software package for archival description which includes an automated HTML and EAD finding aid generator. The HDMS is available under license at no cost for non-commercial, heritage and public good purposes.

Survey of commercial archival management software
See this link from the ICA Committee on Information Technology for a “Market Survey of Commercially Available Off-The-Shelf Archival Management Software”.

Archivists' Toolkit™
Archivists’ Toolkit™ Version 1.0. It is available for download and is being offered under an Educational Community License (ECL).
This site provides a software survey which, whilst concentrating on software as it applies to museum collections, is a good starting place for comparisons and provides a useful checklist of functionalities.

Case studies and examples

A2A retrospective conversion project for archives
A2A retrospective conversion project for archives. See also a cross-sectoral paper on retrospective conversion issues Full Disclosure: releasing the value of library and archive collections (1999), available at

The Aberdeen Bestiary
An on-line version of The Aberdeen Bestiary, a pilot scheme for producing digitised images of manuscripts on the World Wide Web. For links to sites on other current automation projects, and examples of on-line finding-aids on the World Wide Web: the best place to begin is the Historical Manuscripts Commission web site at

OSARIS, a joint ICA/UNESCO project which is currently investigating options for providing such software free of charge to archives worldwide, particularly in developing countries. This project, which is currently in its feasibility stage, goes under the name OSARIS — Open Source Archival Resource Information System.

IT glossaries
Definitions for IT-related words.
Glossary of computer terms by Walton Dell.
Glossary of computer terms by Matisse Enzer.
Webopedia glossary — just type in the term you want clarified.

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