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Update from the AtoM Foundation

16 Oct 2018 2:36 PM | Anonymous


The inaugural Board of Directors of the Access to Memory (AtoM) Foundation is pleased to share some news about the Foundation’s efforts to guide the development of AtoM 3, a successor version of the current AtoM software.

Since we announced the incorporation of the Foundation, we have been working to establish a framework to guide the development of AtoM 3. We are developing a preliminary survey that will help gather information about current usage of AtoM 2 and the community’s functional and design requirements of AtoM 3. The survey will be released in English and French later this fall and will be open to all members of the archival community. The inaugural BoD encourages responses from Canadian and international communities.

We are beginning to organize the first Annual General Meeting in Fall 2019. The AGM will be open to all Institutional Members and non-voting Individual Members. More information about the first AGM will be shared in the coming months.

The AtoM Foundation will oversee and support the development, sustainability and adoption of Access to Memory (AtoM) as a multilingual, multi-repository open source application for standards-based archival description and access. The Foundation’s primary focus is leading the planning and development of AtoM 3. The planning and development work will be consultative, transparent, and member-driven.

New information about the AtoM Foundation is available on our website:

  • The membership page now includes a current list of Founding Institutional Members and Institutional Members:
  • The governance page includes copies of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws:
  • And we have a new page with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs):

We are now accepting institutional and individual memberships. For more information about joining the AtoM Foundation, please visit our membership page:

In closing, the Board of Directors would like to acknowledge the Founding Institutional Members, Institutional Members, and Individual Members that have already joined the Foundation.


Inaugural Board of Directors,
Access to Memory (AtoM) Foundation

Creighton Barrett, Dalhousie University (Chair)
Heather Gordon, City of Vancouver Archives
Paul Hebbard, Simon Fraser University (Secretary)
Jeremy Heil, Queen’s University
Tim Hutchinson, University of Saskatchewan (Treasurer)
Lara Wilson, University of Victoria (Vice-Chair)

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