Mark, I think you're correct that the closed licensing scheme of SPECTRUM makes it impossible for open-source applications to develop at template to support its implementation. The fact that a proprietary standard is tied to accreditation in the UK seems problematic to me (and counter-productive if widespread adoption is the goal!), and I would hope long-term that there might be advocacy on the part of users to open the licensing of the standard or provide an open alternative.... but that's just my 2 cents. That doesn't get us any further in the AtoM conversation for now!
I would say that your best bets for approaching this with AtoM would be:
That said, I think you might want to investigate the accreditation requirements further - I would be quite surprised if the requirement included describing your archival holdings with a standard clearly ill-suited to the nature of archival materials, especially when there are established and recognized international standards for archival materials. My guess is that so long as the museum holdings are described with SPECTRUM, you are meeting your requirements - but as I say, investigate further!
Do any user have experience of using AtoM to catalogue physical artefacts in terms of the UK museum standard SPECTRUM? I don't have much knowledge of SPECTRUM, but it seems to be a standard that is used under license by many museums in the UK. On the Collections Trust website (the organisation who owns the standard) there is a list of cataloguing software that allows users to comply. I don't much care for the idea of a proprietary standard with a list of approved (commercial) software, but compliance with SPECTRUM appears to be a condition of official accreditation for UK museums. The museum that forms part of the service where I work (I work in the archives section and we are trying out AtoM at the moment, with very good results) currently has accreditation from Museums, Galleries Scotland, but is wary of using AtoM for their catalogue as it would jeopardize their accreditation status (and therefore making funding applications less likely to succeed).If anyone has any knowledge or experience of SPECTRUM, it would be great to hear your thoughts.
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