AtoM Camp SFU 2017

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We're excited to announce the first-ever AtoM Camp, cohosted by the Simon Fraser University Archives and Artefactual! Inspired by similar events like Hydra Camp, Islandora Camp and Fedora Camp, AtoM Camp is intended to provide a space for anyone interested in or currently using AtoM to come together, learn about the platform from other users, and share their experiences.

Dates & Location[edit]

March 20-22, 2017 - Harbour Centre at Simon Fraser University

515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5K3

SFU Harbour Centre is located in downtown Vancouver, BC and is part of SFU's Vancouver campus. It's convenient to transit and is within easy walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, and Vancouver's historic Gastown neighbourhood.

Note that there are multiple entrances for Harbour Centre - look for the SFU-branded signage and the entrance address 515 W Hastings, rather than 555 W Hastings.


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SFU Harbour Centre, including the rooms that we have booked for the Camp, is fully accessible to people with mobility difficulties and people who use wheelchairs with the exception of the SFU Harbour Centre Library (which we will not be using). The SFU Physical Access Guide has information about the accessibility of Harbour Centre beginning on page 210 of the PDF (page 196 on the document).

If you require any other disability accommodation, physical or otherwise, please let us know by email at

Getting to Vancouver[edit]

Flying into Vancouver

Vancouver is served by most major and regional airlines through Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

The Canada Line of Vancouver's Skytrain system runs from the airport to downtown Vancouver. Fares from the airport cost $7.10. For more information about public transit from the airport, see YVR's website. For more information about the Skytrain, see Translink.

Taxis from YVR into the city are subject to a zone fare of $31.

Taking the train or bus to Vancouver

Vancouver's main train and bus terminal is Pacific Central Station. Vancouver is served by Via Rail, Greyhound, and other services.

Getting to Harbour Centre[edit]

Walking from the Delta Hotel

Delta Vancouver Suites, at 550 W Hastings St, is located directly across the street from Harbour Centre at 515 W Hastings St.


Harbour Centre is located a short walk from Waterfront Skytrain station in Zone 1, which is a stop for the Expo Line and the Canada Line Skytrains. It is also served by four bus routes:

  • 23 – Stanley Park / New Westminster
  • 123 – Burrard Station / New Westminster Station
  • 35/135 – SFU / Stanley Park
  • 50 – Waterfront / False Creek South, stops on Cordova Street, north side of Harbour Centre

Vancouver's transit system is called Translink. Transit tickets are available at ticket vending machines at all Skytrain stations, which accept debit, credit, and cash. You can also pay cash fare on buses. See the Translink website for fare information.

If you plan to take transit often while you are in Vancouver, you may wish to pay a deposit to receive a plastic Compass Card which can be loaded with a stored value.

Vancouver has fare zones in place, so make note of where your origin and destination stops are located.


The closest parking lots to Harbour Centre are located at 500 and 450 West Cordova St.

Camp Counsellors[edit]

At all of the camps that Artefactual hosts, we seek to provide attendees with counsellors who have a wide range of experience with the software. Supplementing members of the Artefactual crew will be counsellors who have extensive experience with AtoM as users and administrators.

Tim Hutchinson

Tim Hutchinson has been an archivist at the University of Saskatchewan since 1997, and is currently the Head of University Archives & Special Collections. As the technical lead for the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network (SAIN), he has been heavily involved with AtoM since 2010, when he undertook the migration of the SAIN databases from a group of legacy systems into AtoM … before any bulk import tools were actually available in AtoM. He has also coordinated all of the University of Saskatchewan’s local and contracted development of AtoM.

Dan Gillean

Dan serves as AtoM Program Manager and provides quality assurance testing, requirements analysis, documentation, technical support and community dialogue for Artefactual’s AtoM and Archivematica projects.

Sara Allain

Sara started working at Artefactual on both the AtoM and Archivematica projects in 2016, providing requirements analysis, user documentation, QA testing and community support. Prior to her work at Artefactual Sara worked in academic libraries as - depending on the day - an archivist and/or a librarian, tackling wide-ranging subjects like data migration, Islandora implementation, digitization management, and library communications. She firmly believes that the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst - because there probably aren't any sharks in the water. Right?


The schedule is a work in progress. Depending on the make-up of the campers, sessions might range from AtoM 101 for absolute beginners to command line tools to systems administration. We look forward to welcoming campers with a wide range of experience with AtoM!

Potential topics[edit]

The registration form allows campers to select some topics of interest from a pre-set list, which includes topics that we think will be of interest:

  • AtoM 101 - beginner's guide to AtoM (or a helpful refresher if it's been a while!)
  • Importing and exporting archival descriptions using CSV templates.
  • Performing common tasks on the command line (importing, updating records, etc.).
  • Customizing the front end through the web interface (menus, static pages, etc.).
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting (sysadmins).
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting (front-end users).
  • Creating custom AtoM themes.
  • Installation and deployment.
  • Developing new features.
  • Contributing to the AtoM documentation.
  • Future of AtoM and/or project governance.

Is there something you think we're missing from the list? When you register, there will be a field to suggest any other topics you want us to cover. If there's a critical mass of people who want to discuss a particular topic, we'll cover it! During the camp, we'll also leave lots of space to adjust the schedule to give time to specific topics as they come up.

Day One[edit]

9:00am - 9:30am Arrival and registration
9:30am - 9:45am Camp orientation
9:45am - 11:00am Concurrent sessions: AtoM 101 for absolute beginners (separate streams for archivists, devs, and sysadmins)
11:00am - 11:15am Coffee/tea break
11:15am - 12:00pm Concurrent sessions: TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm Concurrent sessions: TBD
2:30pm - 2:45pm Agenda adjusting
2:45pm - 3:30pm Workflow and deployment tours
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm - 4:30pm Workflow and deployment tours, continued
4:30pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up
5:00pm - late Evening social event: small sign-up group dinners

Day Two[edit]

9:00am - 9:30am Arrival and registration
9:30am - 9:45am Camp orientation
9:45am - 11:00am Concurrent sessions
11:00am - 11:15am Coffee/tea break
11:15am - 12:00pm Concurrent sessions: TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm Concurrent sessions: TBD
2:30pm - 2:45pm Agenda adjusting
2:45pm - 3:30pm Metadata deep-dive
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break
3:45pm - 4:30pm New feature overview
4:30pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up
5:00pm - late Evening social event: group mixer at Salt Tasting Room

Day Three[edit]

Depending on camper interest, Day Three might take the shape of an unconference, where attendees can propose topics to discuss. It could also be a continuation of the previous two days. It's up to you!

Note: Day Three will end early to accommodate travel schedules.


Professional rate: $450.00

Student rate: $350.00 (10 available)

Register here:

Registration will open at 10:00am Pacific time on Tuesday, January 31st.

Accommodations & Things To Do[edit]

Downtown Vancouver has many hotels located within an easy walk or transit ride of SFU Harbour Centre.

We have secured a corporate booking rate at the Delta Vancouver Suites, located at 550 W Hastings St. The booking code for the Delta is included in the email confirmation you received after registration. To use this code, go to the Delta Vancouver Suites website, select your dates, and then click on Special Rates and enter the code under Corporate/promo code.

If you are a CAUBO member, you can also use your CAUBO promo code at the Delta. More information is available on the CAUBO website.

Things to Do in Vancouver[edit]

Coming soon!

Code of Conduct[edit]

The AtoM community is dedicated to providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, whether they are in a formal session or a social setting related to an AtoM event, or are taking part in activities online. AtoM community participants come from all over the world and bring with them a wide variety of professional, personal and social backgrounds; whatever these may be, we treat colleagues with dignity and respect. We are sensitive to the fact that the international nature of the AtoM community means that we span many different social norms around language and behaviour and we strive to conduct ourselves in ways that are unlikely to cause offense. In the event that someone’s conduct is causing offense or distress, the AtoM Camp has a detailed Anti-Harassment Policy, details below, which can be applied to address the problem.

The first step in dealing with any serious misconduct is to contact a member of the organizing group, or a counsellor at an AtoM Camp (please see counsellors, below). These people will be made known before and during any AtoM Camp event.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The AtoM community is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference/camp experience for everyone. If you have been harassed, please consult this protocol for conflict resolution which makes clear how we can help.

The AtoM community has established the following policy to make it clear that we do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, or any other communication channel used during the conference (such as social media).

Harassment includes:

  • offensive verbal comments related to sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, religion;
  • sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces;
  • deliberate intimidation;
  • stalking;
  • harassing photography or recording;
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • inappropriate physical contact; and
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

The lingua franca of AtoM Camp is English; however, English may not be the native language of AtoM Camp participants. Further, cultural norms around what may be considered obscene and offensive communication will vary among AtoM Camp attendees. Campers are asked to please be mindful of the international character of AtoM Camp, and to use respectful and clear language free of slang to facilitate communication.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers and AtoM representatives (or their designees) may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the AtoM Camp, or contacting a higher authority such as a representative from the offender’s institution.

If a participant raises a concern relating to actions covered by this policy in good faith, there will be no retaliation for bringing forward their concern. Threatening or taking action against someone for invoking this policy or for participating in any related investigation will be considered a violation of this policy.

Participants are expected to follow the anti-harassment policy at all Camp-related venues, Camp-related social events, and online communication channels

We expect attendees and speakers past and present to be respectful to each other, and we will deal with any incidents that arise, including on social media.

We value your participation in the AtoM community and your support in keeping the AtoM community a safe, welcoming, and friendly space for fellow participants.


This policy is based on the PASIG Code of Conduct, portions of which were modified from the Open Repositories’ code of conduct, which was itself modified from Seattle Attic’s code of conduct and the Ada Initiative’s event harassment policy.


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