Archeion Frequently Asked Questions

What does Archeion do?

Archeion brings together information about archival materials held all over Ontario. By contributing information to Archeion, archives allow researchers to easily discover their collections and to make connections between holdings of more than one hundred archival institutions across the province, saving them time and effort. Descriptions in Archeion are exposed to search engines like Google, which means that they are easily found even if researchers are unaware of the Archeion site.

How do I contribute information about my archives to Archeion?

Institutional members of the Archives Association of Ontario are eligible for inclusion in Archeion. Once you have joined the AAO, you will need to contact the Archeion Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a username and password for Archeion. The Coordinator will create a basic page in Archeion for your institution and is available to give advice on how to create descriptions of archival materials within the site.

What sort of information does Archeion hold?

Archeion can hold full archival descriptions, right down to digitized images of the records. It can also hold audio and video files and PDF versions of full finding aids. Each institutional member of the AAO is provided with 1 gigabyte of free storage space on Archeion. That's enough for about 2,000 digital images.

Is there a manual for Archeion?

Yes! Archeion uses the AtoM (Access to Memory) platform for describing archive-holding institutions, archives creators and archives. You can download the Archeion manual in English or in French.

How does Archeion link up with other Canadian resources?

Descriptions in Archeion are regularly added to the national catalogue for archival descriptions, Archives Canada.

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