ArchivesSpace Request Fulfillment via Aeon

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If you would like to allow researchers the option to place Aeon requests for archival objects directly from the ArchivesSpace Public User Interface (PUI), you can enable this functionality by installing the ArchivesSpace Request Fulfillment via Aeon plugin on your ArchivesSpace server. Once configured, this plugin will add a new Aeon request button to archival objects in the PUI, allowing users to easily submit a pre-populated Aeon request form for the item from ArchivesSpace. In order to use the plugin, settings will have to be configured both in ArchivesSpace and in your instance of Aeon. This article will note a few recommendations for configuring the plugin on the Aeon side.

For complete documentation on configuring the plugin, please see the ArchivesSpace Request Fulfillment via Aeon GitHub documentation.

Configuring the Atlas Dual Authentication Portal

This plugin is designed to send as much data from ArchivesSpace as possible to allow users to easily map fields on the Aeon side of the integration. As such, it uses POST data rather than GET parameters so that data does not get truncated. If you are using the Atlas Dual Auth Portal, please ensure that you have configured it to support POST data handling according to the instructions in the Using an Authentication Portal Landing Page article. If this is not properly configured, data will not persist from ArchivesSpace to Aeon via the plugin.

Atlas-hosted Aeon sites should contact Atlas Support at for assistance configuring POST data handling on the Dual Auth Portal.
Please also note that the plugin must point to the Dual Auth Portal URL in the :aeon_web_url setting in the ArchivesSpace configuration file. 

Configuring the OpenURLMapping Table

The Aeon OpenURLMapping table must be configured in the Customization Manager under Web Interface | OpenURL | OpenURLMapping before the plugin can be used. Below is an example configuration for an ArchivesSpace repository with a system ID of "ArchivesSpace" as indicated in the rfr_id column:

Example Configuration

URL_Ver rfr_id Aeon Action Aeon Field Name Open URL Field Name Aeon Value
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemAuthor <#creators>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemDate <#creation_date>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemTitle <#collection_title>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemSubTitle <#title>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace CallNumber <#collection_id>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemVolume <#instance_top_container_display_string>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemIssue <#instance_container_child_type> </#instance_container_child_indicator>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemInfo1 <#accessrestrict>  
Default ArchivesSpace Replace DocumentType manuscript Loan:Manuscript:GenericRequestManuscript
Default ArchivesSpace Replace ItemNumber <#instance_top_container_barcode>  

Configuring the Aeon Fields Used by the Plugin

Each row in the OpenURLMapping table configuration shown above contains a different Aeon field that will be populated with the value from ArchivesSpace field indicated in the Open URL Field Name column, with the exception of the row for the Aeon DocumentType field, which uses the Open URL Field Name column to indicate the document type that should be used when creating the Aeon request. You can add or remove additional mappings to the table if you would like to populate different fields on the Aeon request.

Configuring the Aeon Request Form Used by the Plugin 

The specific Aeon request form that ArchivesSpace should use to create the request should be indicated in the Aeon Value column for the DocumentType row using the format <RequestType>:<DocumentType>:<AeonForm>. In the example above, the DocumentType row indicates that ArchivesSpace will use the GenericRequestManuscript request form to create a Loan request of the Manuscript document type. If you are unsure about which AeonForm value to use for a specific request form, you can find this value by opening the HTML file for the request form and looking at the value in the hidden input for the AeonForm field on the page. For example:

<input type="hidden" name="AeonForm" value="GenericRequestManuscript">
For more information on the ArchivesSpace values used to configure the table, please see the OpenURL Mappings section of the plugin's GitHub page.


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