In 2012 the Borthwick Institute carried out a requirements gathering exercise for a new Archival Management System and assessed various options against these requirements.
We decided that the open source solution AtoM (or Access to Memory) was a good fit with our requirements. Although it did not do everything we hoped it would, we were impressed by the fact that:
We were also aware that we could directly influence its development in order to ensure it more fully met our needs.
For a detailed description of our requirements and how AtoM (version 2.2) met them see our Why AtoM? blog post
Our AtoM implementation project ran from August 2014 until the public release of our AtoM interface The Borthwick Catalogue (Borthcat) in April 2016.
The AtoM implementation project focused on the technical side of getting AtoM up and running and also on populating the accessions module of AtoM with data from legacy systems.
From April 2015 the AtoM project was closely aligned to Project Genesis which aims to populate our new public facing catalogue with a collection level description for all of the archives that we hold.
This project has led to:
'A' is for AtoM describes some of the decisions we made and processes we went through as we implemented AtoM.
Once we made our catalogue available to the public we were very keen to find out what our users thought of it. Is it intuitive to use and can people find the information they need?
We carried out two phases of user testing and this work helped inform further work on our catalogue interface.
We have made these results available to the wider AtoM user community in two blog posts:
We’ve been blogging about our experiences with AtoM on our digital archiving blog and the Borthwick blog and will continue to share our thoughts through these platforms as our work with AtoM progresses.