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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Repository software for architectural design data

The Art Institute of Chicago has developed the Digital Archive for Architecture (DAArch), an open-source modification of DSpace.  (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)  From the site:

The system is structured around the use of Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) metadata schema, and its underlying digital repository DSpace.

From the abstract of a conference presentation by Kristine K. Fallon, co-developer of DAArch (scroll down about 1/3 of the page):

...The Digital Archive for Architecture System - DAArch - is the culminating product of a three and a half year collaboration between the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago and Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. The final products of this collaboration include a functioning software system (DAArch) for ingest, cataloguing and archiving of electronics works, new accessioning process and legal documents appropriate for digital collections, methods for long-term preservation of digital design data, a small collection of catalogued digital architecture materials and guidance for the creation and maintenance of digital design data within architectural practices.

This effort began with the ground breaking study titled "Collecting, Archiving and Exhibiting Digital Design Data," published in 2004, which outlines best-practice scenarios for both museums and architecture firms and makes technical and organizational recommendations for establishing digital archives....