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ArcLight is an effort to build a Blacklight-based environment to support discovery (and digital delivery) of information in archives, initiated by Stanford University Libraries.


 We began the design process with a few high-level and preliminary objectives for ArcLight:

  • Discovery of physical and digital objects (e.g., finding aids described using EAD, full text search for digital archival materials, presentation and delivery of digital materials)
  • Compatibility with Hydra and ArchivesSpace
  • Developed, enhanced, and maintained by the Hydra/Blacklight community


We're currently in the Information Architecture and Visual Design phases of a thorough user-centered design process, with the goal of producing design documentation to guide development.

Upcoming development cycle

We are planning to start a work cycle to develop a minimum viable product for ArcLight from April 3 to May 26, 2017 - please get in touch if you're interested.

Collaboration and Communication

To better support the relevant objectives of other institutions interested in the solutions ArcLight could provide, we've been collaborating with other institutions during the ArcLight design process, primarily the University of Michigan, Georgia Tech, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. We expect that development of ArcLight will also involve contributions from multiple institutions. If you're interested in contributing to development or testing ArcLight, please let us know!

Email list: To get updates or communicate with us about ArcLight, please join the ArcLight Google Group ( 

Slack channel: To communicate with us more informally, please join the #arclight channel on the Code4lib Slack team. If you're not on the Code4lib Slack team, you can request an invitation using this form or by contacting us via the email list. 

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