Django-based website for search, display and administration of archival finding aids in EAD XML in an eXist xml database
Latest commit c899aa0 Oct 10, 2017




This project is a Django web application for providing access to and limited administration for Archival Finding Aid XML documents in the Encoded Archival Description format (EAD ).


This software is distributed under the Apache 2.0 License.



Functionality for searching, browsing, and displaying Finding Aid objects. Includes PDF version of Finding Aid and mulitple views for complex, multi-part Finding Aids with series, subseries, and indexes. Also includes a 'preview' mode for use with the :mod:`~findingaids.fa_admin` component, so that unpublished documents can be previewed exactly as they will appear when published.


This is a custom administration component for managing Finding Aid documents and the Finding Aids site. Includes some user account management, but the bulk of the functionality revolves around preparing EAD files for publication on the main site, via the 'prep', 'preview', and 'publish' functions.


Functionality for displaying the few non-EAD-based pages that are part of the Finding Aids website. Includes the site home page, content pages that are populated via RSS feeds to allow leveraging existing content management tools, and some simple email forms.

System Dependencies

findingaids requires the following network resources:

  • LDAP for user authentication
  • A relational database for user and session information, task result status, and deleted Finding Aids
  • Persistent ID manager for minting ARKs to use as permanent URLs for Finding Aid documents
  • eXist-db XML database (1.4 or greater) for loading, searching, browsing, & displaying EAD Finding Aid XML documents
  • RabbitMQ for brokering asynchronous tasks
  • Squid Web Cache

For more detailed information, including installation instructions and upgrade notes, see :ref:`DEPLOYNOTES`. For details about the features included in each release, see :ref:`CHANGELOG`.