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This roadmap page is no longer being maintained. We are now tracking the Archivematica roadmap in a public Trello board. Please subscribe to the Archivematica Google Group for release and roadmap related announcements.

Archivematica development roadmap[edit]

This roadmap describes what Artefactual is working on for the Archivematica system. Sponsored work, that is development of features and enhancements which is funded by our development partners, is prioritized. On our wishlist, we have also included enhancements and features that we would like to see or that the community has shown interest in; however, without development resources allocated to us or contributions from developers outside of Artefactual, we cannot guarantee their inclusion.

Reflecting the bounty business model for open source development, each feature is developed in partnership with an institution or group of institutions with unique workflow needs. Despite our best efforts to keep features as generic as possible, some extra development may be necessary for a feature to function well in your own environment. Please see the Archivematica services offered on Artefactual's website to find out more about how to become a development partner, get training and support, or take advantage of installation services.

We will issue public releases incrementally upon completion and testing of the sponsored features and enhancements listed below. All features are subject to code review and QA, the results of which may result in any feature being pushed to a future release.

Artefactual Labs[edit]

Features by release number[edit]


See the 1.7.1 Milestone on our Waffleboard for more information or our 1.7.1 release notes for specific pull requests.

  • Sponsored (Columbia University Library) Performance enhancements
    • Change MCPClient to stop sending tool outputs through the job scheduler
    • Change MCPServer to require only return code from client tasks
  • Fix encrypted AIP storage spaces on centos/ansible installs (0.11.1)
  • Fix storage for encrypted uncompressed AIPs (0.11.1)


  • Sponsored (PREFORMA/MediaArea) MediaConch integration for audio-visual format verification
  • Sponsored (Rockefeller Archives Centre) Importing object-level PREMIS rights via CSV
    • Allows users to apply PREMIS rights to individual objects, rather than having all of the objects in the transfer inherit rights applied to the SIP via the Add Rights metadata form, using a CSV file included with the transfer
  • Sponsored (Canadian Council of Archives) Enable internationalization and localization of Archivematica
    • This will allow the Archivematica interface to be translated into languages other than English, using a translation system or application
  • Sponsored (Canadian Centre for Architecture) Change METS encoding to UTF-8
  • Sponsored (Canadian Centre for Architecture) Use default access rule if normal rule errors
  • Sponsored (Bentley Historical Library) Allow zip as archive format for AIPs stored in DSpace
  • Sponsored (Museum of Modern Art New York) AIP migration
    • This allows AIPs to be moved from one location to another via a new API endpoint. The API takes two arguments: 1) UUID of an existing package (AIP or DIP or transfer) and 2) the UUID of a Location.

Proposed/in development/experimental[edit]

These features are works in progress or have experimental/proof of concept status.

See also, Improvements

  • Sponsored (Simon Fraser University Archives) WARC file ingest
    • Analyze WARC header information and prepare metadata mapping to Archivematica AIP METS file
    • Add Archivematica micro-services to parse WARC header information to Archivematica METS file
  • Sponsored (Ontario Council of University Libraries) Dataverse integration (proof of concept)
    • The scope of sponsored work is a proof of concept model for integration of Dataverse with Archivematica. As design/development progresses, we will update the development roadmap accordingly.
  • Sponsored (University of York/University of Hull) Automated DIP generation workflow
    • Change workflow so that the ‘upload DIP’ choice can be preconfigured
    • Update AIP reingest workflow to allow uncompressed AIPs to be reingested. (DONE, version 1.6/0.10)
    • Enhance the callback functionality in the Storage Service, to notify third party apps when a DIP is ready to be used.
  • Sponsored (University of York/University of Hull) METS parsing tools
    • Develop the public facing API of the REST service and define the API to return answers as JSON-LD or another linked data format
    • Develop a python METSReader library that would live behind the REST service
    • Write documentation for the REST service
  • Sponsored (University of York/University of Hull) Generic search REST API (proof-of-concept)
    • Develop the public facing API of the REST service, a read-only API to provide a small number of endpoints to answer basic questions about the number of files in storage, their formats, date of ingest, etc.
    • Develop functionality in the Archivematica Storage Service to implement this API
    • Write documentation for the REST API
  • Sponsored (University of York/University of Hull) Enhance PRONOM integration
    • Allow a user to manually assign pronom IDs to non-identified files; record manual selection in the AIP METS file
    • Provide report of non-identified files in a SIP or AIP, with access to the file identification tool output
    • Provide direct access to the PRONOM submission form from within Archivematica.
  • Sponsored (University of York/University of Hull) Automation tools documentation

Fixity app[edit]

  • Sponsored (Simon Fraser University Archives) Better end-user documentation for the fixity app.

Wish list[edit]

This section describes enhancements and features that the Archivematica community would like to see researched and implemented; however, without development resources allocated to us or contributions from developers outside of Artefactual, we cannot guarantee their inclusion in an upcoming release. Also see unsponsored features/tasks/bugs without assigned releases: unsponsored and unscheduled fixes, features and tasks


  • User interface
    • Upload submission documentation during transfer upload #1910
    • Administrative dashboard interface for system monitoring, including status, restart services, maintenance of backups, tools for restoring, automatic indexing of ElasticSearch index
    • Indicator in dashboard of decision made at decision points
    • Indicator that Archivematica is currently processing
    • Status indicator to show current status of transfer/job
    • Reconsider icons and access to the Add Metadata / Rights templates (currently the icon matches the ‘report’ icon and it’s unclear when is the ‘right’ time to add metadata) and the Reminder: add metadata micro-service
    • Access tab, Archival Storage tab, Preservation Planning tab should have description of purpose of tab
    • Treat each tab as its own web application
    • Administrative access to Storage Service from Access tab
    • Task cogs containing no information should have a short descriptive indicator of why there is none (ie no tool output available)
    • Ability to choose a fallback identification tool when the selected tool fails
    • Hide AtoM user password in the user interface
  • SIP arrangement See also #6791
    • Visualization of transfer contents - #1578, Transfer and SIP creation#File visualization reporting page
    • Clean up of transfer backlog once arrangement is complete - in dashboard Admin? in Ingest?
    • Increase icon size and fix 'jumpiness' of content indicators
    • Include tooltips for buttons
    • Consider name change of 'originals' pane to 'transfer backlog search results' or the like
    • Create delete package request from Transfer backlog
  • Deposit tool
    • Configure transfer in GUI rather than in local filesystem for complex workflows (ie. adding metadata files, checksums, manually normalized content, etc)
    • Upload submission documentation (see above, may consider in Transfer dashboard tab)
    • Provide download link to METS file in AIP review that doesn't involve opening in browser (for larger METS files which timeout)
  • Email ingest workflow
    • Improvements to e-mail ingest workflow (maildir)
  • AIP Reingest
    • Include option to run microservices on previously normalized files


  • Capture PREMIS from external systems
  • Field validation in PREMIS rights templates - #1519
  • METS refactoring and METS generation improvements
    • develop standalone Python METS reader/writer application and distribute separately from and integrated with Archivematica
    • In progress, see METS Reader & Writer
  • Change encoding of the METS file to UTF-8

Format Policy Registry[edit]

  • Format Policy Registry (FPR) public site UI
  • Ability to send local format policy changes to the FPR public site #5074

Storage Service[edit]

  • Move some/all DIP upload responsibilities to SS
  • Move Index AIP micro-service to SS
  • Automated deletion of content in transfer source once a successful AIP has been created and stored
  • Ability to send AIPs/DIPs to duplicate locations
  • Re-index transfer backlog, AIPs and DIPs - ElasticSearch re-indexing
  • Ability to select multiple packages from SS to download at once
  • Persistent data about stored AIPs and DIPs
  • DIP generation/upload info logged to pointer file
  • SAMBA plugin for Storage API
  • Move ElasticSearch to SS
  • Research management of processing space, so a transfer cannot be run if it's too big for the allotted space


  • AtoM - Send PREMIS rights metadata with DIP
  • Hydra (Ingest, AIP storage, API plugin)
  • DSpace (Ingest, DIP upload)
  • BitCurator integration: packages, bulk extractor reporting, how much functionality/data can be integrated/re-used prior to Archivematica ingest #1869

Fixity app[edit]

  • Add flag specifying number of AIPs to check simultaneously