Download binaries for all versions on the "Version Notes & Binaries" page.


The Data Accessioner (DA)) is a simple tool, with an easy-to-use graphic interface, for migrating content between media while also:

The DataAccessioner was built out of the need for a simple GUI interface to allow the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscripts, & Special Collections Library (now the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library) Technical Services staff an easy way of migrating data off disks and onto a file server for basic preservation, further appraisal, arrangement, & description. It also provides a way to integrate common metadata tools at the time of migration rather than after the fact. With a simplified interface and being written in Java it is intended to be easily adopted by smaller institutions with little or no IT staff support.

The very first version of the tool was written in the course of a week in early 2008 and, although usable, it was more of a proof-of-concept. In January 2009 the Data Accessioner was revisited with a revised architecture. Also, the metadata tool adapters and the custom metadata manager where extracted to be used as plugins.

The latest version of Data Accessioner (1.1), released on Feb. 1, 2017, was funded by The Archives of the Episcopal Church.

Earlier versions (0.3.1 and 1.0.0-beta) were made possible by the POWRR Project. As of these versions the Data Accessioner is no longer formally associated with the Duke University Archives or their parent organization.

Find the source code on GitHub.

Additional Tools

For those of you who are uncomfortable reading (or transforming) the XML-based metadata files produced by the DA I have created a tool to help. Take a look at the Data Accessioner Metadata Transformer.

DA Fixity is a simple command line fixity checker that verifies the checksums of files managed by Data Accessioner.

Updates don't come very often but if you would like to now when something happens you can add the "Updates" page to your RSS reader or just check back from time to time.

Feedback and questions are always welcome via email!