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In the interest of updating the TARO website and expanding its reach, the TARO Steering Committee has submitted a planning grant application to the National Endowment for the Humanities, and eagerly awaits the response, expected in March 2015. If funded, the planning project would run approximately July 2015-June 2016, and would potentially be followed by an implementation grant application.

Planning project description: "Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Consortium to the 21st Century"

The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium based at The University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Libraries, is applying for a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations Grant, for the purpose of collaborative planning, assessment and pilot activities. Our TARO Project seeks to enhance intellectual control and solidify our collaborative framework for complex reference. Specifically, our Project would create editorial plans for standardization of existing archival finding aids and updating of EAD best practices documentation, devise strategies for technological and programmatic sustainability, and produce a concrete plan for critical changes to our online reference resources.

In the meantime, the TARO Steering Committee is meeting regularly to plan and carry out steps which can be conducted before this grant would begin. More information is available online at http://bit.ly/YhRZu7.


TARO is currently researching possible ways to update the site and better serve researchers. Longer term goals include updating the site to allow browsing by names, subjects, formats, digital objects, as well as providing for a sustainable functional model and governance structure. Shorter term goals include bringing the TARO project into use of schema-compliant EAD/XML.

The 2014 TARO Steering Committee has formed sub-committees to help move the project forward, made up of volunteers from the TARO participating repositories. Learn more about the committees, ask questions, volunteer your time and expertise! See http://texastaro.pbworks.com/.


Several people have adopted the ead schema and started producing all their XML files this way either using Archon or Archivist Toolkit. These repositories have stopped submitting their files to TARO due to the fact that they would have to essentially redo hours of work to make them dtd compliant.

Thanks to Amanda Focke, CA - Rice University this is no longer an obstacle. Amanda has kindly shared a stylesheet they use to convert their schema compliant files to dtd.

See "how do i" page Retro Convert schema XML to dtd XML for more info.


Support for Urchin Analytics was dropped by Google and subsequently the University of Texas-Austin earlier this year. As a result, we have had to migrate stats to a different (and interim) platform while search for a more permanent solution.

Current TARO Use Statistics are available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/admin/stats/. If you have any difficulties with the new reports, contact Minnie Rangel at mrangel@austin.utexas.edu

Full TARO reports continue to be found at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/admin/stats.html, they have switched to monthly from the previous quarterly.

Old news can be found at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/admin/old_news.html.


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