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Open-Source Software for Archivists
The development of an open-source software for creating "finding aids", a term used by archivists to describe catalogues, is on the agenda of UNESCO's cooperation with the International Council on Archives (ICA) with funding provided by UNESCO for analysing the functional and technical requirements of the tool.

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Open-Source Software for Archivists

28-03-2003 ()
The development of an open-source software for creating "finding aids", a term used by archivists to describe catalogues, is on the agenda of UNESCO's cooperation with the International Council on Archives (ICA) with funding provided by UNESCO for analysing the functional and technical requirements of the tool.
A feasibility study for the project was made earlier by ICA experts stating that it would be highly desirable to develop a modular, open source software tool that could be used by archives worldwide to manage the intellectual control of their holdings through the recording of standardized descriptive data.

Work consists now to further analyse the functional, application and technical requirements of the tool and to provide an analysis of the needs of archives users and of archivists.

The expert group in charge of the work will also analyse existing archival software solutions and establish cost models for either use, customisation or development of a tool , if possible using software development expertise in developing countries.

The group is also requested to make recommendations for sponsorships/partnerships/maintenance with the public and the private sector and to make recommendations as to requirements for distribution, maintenance, updating/improvement, support, training and communications with users;

The report with recommendations on feasibility of either adoption of an existing software tool or the development of a new tool is expetced to be available in the second half of 2003.

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