Illuminate the Past, Preserve it for the Future

Star Knowledge Center for Archives (SKCA) is designed to help archivists increase the visibility of unique historic materials while ensuring their future preservation, so that they can be used to study and understand the ideas and thoughts of their original creators.

Access, Visibility, Value

The primary goals of today’s archivists include making archival collections widely accessible to users, supporting research, and preserving records for the future. With SKCA’s powerful tools, you can quickly enable broad public access, facilitate multimedia content preservation, and demonstrate value to funders and sponsors.

Purpose-built to Answer Archivists’ Modern Day Challenges

  • Make archival collections visible, accessible and searchable
  • Eliminate duplication of effort, saving time and resources
  • Offer a secure public access catalog that integrates with the administrative back end
  • Present digital content, covering all media types
  • Share data with other archives through industry standard formats (e.g., EAD finding aids, MARC records, etc.).
  • Collect statistics and produce management reports to demonstrate archives’ value to funders and sponsors

Automate Workflow, Unveil Collection

Archives staff can easily see entire collection, as can the public, and finding records when needed is a snap.

Move Beyond Standard Software

Purpose built SKCA offers integrated records, and optimized search and browse options that go way beyond the capabilities of one-size-fits-all software packages.

Reveal Your Secrets

Researchers and other stakeholders don’t know what they don’t know; a rich Web presence for your archives shows your unique historical materials to the world …and communicates value to your funders and sponsors.

Use Cases

Using SKCA, archivists have multiple ways to present their collections to scholars, extending access to researchers around the world and increasing the potential for outreach beyond the scholars/others who are already familiar with their collections. For example, the Sequoyah National Research Center in Little Rock Arkansas has the largest (and probably the most important) collection of Native American materials in the world. They have memorabilia, documents, newspapers, manuscripts, artwork – much of it unique – that is invaluable to researchers, many of whom may not ever make the trip to Little Rock Arkansas, and who wouldn’t know where these materials are without SKCA.

SKCA offers a way to describe materials in “batches” (e.g., collections, series, containers, items) and then add to the description as time goes on, or simply add inventory lists. And, it offers ways to easily input data and manipulate it from there.  For example, a large county Archives has a single archivist, a warehouse of unprocessed materials, and a team of volunteers.  The archivist has designed a spreadsheet with columns that match fields in SKCA records.The volunteers go thru the boxes, identify what they have found in the spreadsheet with each row describing a folder within a box. The archivist then reviews the spreadsheet and copies and pastes the entire spreadsheet into SKCA as an archival “inventory list.”

With SKCA, you can adapt a given hierarchy with as few or many levels as needed.  For example, in corporate or government archives, departments transfer materials to the archive on a regular basis.  In cases like these, the Archives already has the collection. The new materials that are transferred in are called “accruals.”  Descriptions of these materials will need to be inserted into the existing hierarchy and/or will call for the reordering of the hierarchy. With SKCA, managing accruals descriptions within the hierarchy is quick and easy.

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