PAST:Performance Archive Search ToolWhat is PAST?A way to harvest Archivists Toolkit (AT) & Orchestra Planning and Administration System (OPAS) data and present it to users.
How Does PAST Work?
PASTMS SQL / MySQL databasesMicrosoft .NET FrameworkDevelopment?Paul GallagherDetroit Symphony OrchestraMichigan Opera Theatre
Second phase funded via Andrew W. Mellon Grant
Other institutions looking at deploying soon
Open Source?Boutique ApplicationDesigned for performing arts archivesDeveloped to meet the specific needs of the DSO archives & MOT LibraryRequires commercial OPAS softwarePossibility of disabling the performance system
Not free as in beer, free as in kitten
Good & BadGoodCustom developedfit specific needs and tailored to specific metadata
BadDifficult to sustainGeneral lack of support extensibility requires development supportNot community driven developmentOnlinedso.pastsoftware.comPublic site, primary use has still been internal
trac.pastsoftware.comSource code / installation information