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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.

Fall 2009

Current TARO Use Statistics are available for people on the UT Austin campus at https://webstats.its.utexas.edu:8080/. For username and password, or for monthly reports for those users not on the UT Austin campus, ask the TARO list.

For repositories not on the UT Austin Campus who would like access to the current statsistics, you can request access by contacting Minnie Rangel at mrangel@austin.utexas.edu

2009 statistics reports

Statistics reports from 2005-

TARO Use Statistics from Sept 2001-Jan 2005 are available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/stats/ . Select TARO from the dropdown menu and the month/year of interest. The "Directory" section of the report allows repositories to determine overall use of their finding aids and the use of specific finding aids.


(this includes new 1.0 submissions + edits to 1.0 files already on the TARO server)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday July 18 is the last day to submit production ready 1.0 files for processing. No exceptions.

After this day, the processing script will check XML files for the 2002 DTD and kick out any non-2002 files. These files will be returned to you. This final batch will be processed and the HTML available on the TARO server the last week of July. All production ready XML files submitted on or before July 18, 2003 will be run through the 2002 conversion script and placed in your TARO SSH account in a directory labelled "productionready2002". You need to download these converted files as they replace your XML 1.0 versions. Any future updates to these finding aids are to be performed on these EAD 2002 copies and resubmitted to us.

These are files either created inhouse or received by TARO Phase I repositories from Apex which have never been QC'd or finalized for public use.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday July 18. Create a new folder or directory in your TARO SSH account, label it "notready". Dump all files which fit this definition in here.

You are submitting these files to us now so we can run them through the 2002 conversion script and return them to you for further editing and processing. These files will not be placed into production. Converted copies of these files will appear in your TARO SSH account in the directory "notready2002". Download these files. When they are ready for the production server, resubmit them to us in the usual way and the HTML versions will be created.

These are files created in-house against the 2002 DTD or received by the repositories from PDCC.

SUBMISSION START DATE: July 28. Again, after this day, the processing script will check XML files for the 2002 DTD and kick out any non-2002 files. Please do not send us any 2002 files until July 28.


Procedures for transferring production ready XML finding aids to the TARO server are changing. FTP will cease to work after May 2, 2003. After that point, only file transfers using SSH software will be allowed. You can start using SSH now. Learn how, and get free software by visiting the page on this topic:

EAD 2002 information has been posted in the "How Do I. . . " section. An implementation timeline and additional topics will follow shortly.


Several issues involving special characters and XMetal 3 are explained in a new set of files in the "How Do I . . . " section:

1. Repositories starting to use XMetal 3 for authoring/editing XML files should note the following:

  • Once you have started editing a particular document in XMetal 3, it is strongly suggested that you not load this file into any editor other than XMetal 3.
  • Those with XMetal 3 already installed should download and install a file update available on the Special Characters and XMetal 3 " page of this website.

2. Repositories have noted display problems involving special characters. Some of these problems are exclusive to Netscape Navigator and its difficulty translating entity references. In the weeks ahead, we will be reprocessing all submitted files in an effort to correct this problem.


Over the last month or so, taro.lib.utexas.edu has been recast as a technical support site until Phase 2 of the Project gets underway. Of particular note is the "How Do I. . . " section of the site, which highlights topics which should assist repositories in processing new finding aids and any remaining materials from Apex.


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