‘AtoM’ is an acronym for “Access to Memory”: is an open source archival description tool developed by the International Council on Archives (‘ICA’). ICA-AtoM is multi-lingual and provides public and institutional access to the holdings of archival repositories.

Why ICA-AtoM?

  • is a free and open source software; 
  • the database would be online, accessible from our website and searchable on internet;
  • it was based on the ICA descriptive standards and provided the opportunity to bring our documentation up to that standard;
  • it facilitated multiple repositories.

Researchers can find in this software information about Fonds and Items: biographical history of record’s creator, description of scope and content, physical characteristic, languages of the record, general notes and in some case also the digital format of the documents.

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