​​ArchivesSpace is the next-generation web-based archives information management system, designed by archivists and supported by diverse archival repositories.

LYRASIS is proud to serve as the organizational home for two innovative and vital open source software communities – ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace​. As the organizational home, LYRASIS invests staff, technology and financial support to help sustain the communities. We also collaborate with the open source programs to increase implementations and membership, improve community participation in governance, strengthen the software’s usability and create partnerships with key organizations and members.​

​What does LYRASIS provide as Organizational Home to ArchivesSpace?​​

  • Stability from a partnership with a long-standing non-profit

  • Strong Fiscal and Administrative Infrastructure from expert financial, human resources and communications professionals

  • Increased promotion through LYRASIS membership engagement, both to members and the wider community

  • Collaborative work with LYRASIS Open Source and Community Supported Software experts

  • Support from the LYRASIS Hosting Services Group including code contributions, documentation and training

  • Grant assistance and exposure to new grant opportunities through the LYRASIS Grants and Partnerships Program​​

ArchivesSpace is an open source, web application for managing archives information.  The application is designed to support core functions in archives administration such as accessioning; description and arrangement of processed materials including analog, hybrid, and born-digital content; management of authorities (agents and subjects) and rights; and reference service.  The application supports collection management through collection management records, tracking of events, and a growing number of  administrative reports.  The application also functions as a metadata authoring tool, enabling the generation of EAD, MARCXML, MODS, Dublin Core, and METS formatted data.

ArchivesSpace is a program with a current staff of 3 FTE, a community of over 300 members, and three administrative groups — a Governance Board (elected), a Technical Advisory Council (appointed), and an Users Advisory Council (appointed) — and published Bylaws.  LYRASIS is the organizational home for ArchivesSpace.

For more information about our commitment to open source projects, please click here.