An Exploration of Finding Aid Technologies and NoSQL Databases


  • Stephanie Fan University of British Columbia



archival studies, information studies, NoSQL, MongoDB, finding aids, schema design, formats


While NoSQL databases, specifically document databases such as MongoDB, are not the answer for the majority of storage use cases, technical contributors to the major finding aids information systems should consider these new technologies. The conjunction of archival finding aids technologies and these new data stores has not yet been explored before given the highly siloed nature of the library, archival, and information sciences (LAIS) field and limited development resources that focus on this area. However, there are many similarities between the problems that LAIS system administrators face maintaining descriptive documents and the reasons for why this new class of non-relational databases was developed.

Author Biography

Stephanie Fan, University of British Columbia

Stephanie is currently finishing her Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in information technologies and data.


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