Regular updates to the tDAR software comprise an integral part of Digital Antiquity's commitment to digital archaeological data preservation. The Grid  release of tDAR (Winter 2012) includes the following primary components:


  • Registered users can download the first 1000 records of any search result into an excel spreadsheet.
  • Improved accuracy on searches performed with the google maps interface.

User Profiles:

  • Users can now edit/modify their profiles to add descriptions or update information.
  • Improvements to the map and the geocoding of the map data.

Document Support:

  • Users can now upload RTF documents along with PDF and Word Documents.
  • PDF documents now include a cover page with a complete citation.

Data Set Support:

  • Users are now able to preview datasets once they've been uploaded to tDAR.  This includes:
    • an interface to page through the dataset's contents.
    • the ability to view the archival metadata describing each column of the dataset.
    • improved validation and parsing support of the metadata describing each column.
  • Support for TAB separated files.

Library and Technology Related Features:

  • DOIs are now assigned for all tDAR resources with files attached.
  • tDAR is now an Open Archives (OAI-PMH) compliant provider. Basic metadata for tDAR records can now be downloaded via the OpenArchives protocol (OAI-PMH).
  • A published Schema for tDAR records is now available at
  • Support for per-instance themes.
  • Support for LDAP Authentication and Authorization.
  • Tools for Authority Management.