The Collaborative Electronic Records Project
Email Preservation Parser
The Email Preservation Parser is available for download and use. We hope that as archivists and other users work with the parser, additional enhancements and functionality will be developed, incorporated, and shared by its user community. Therefore, we offer it with open source software and documentation licenses.
The parser is designed to be used on email accounts, or groups of related email messages, that are transferred to an archival organization in accession in contrast to email records that are harvested incrementally from active email systems.
The application runs on the open source Smalltalk Squeak virtual machine environment that works on Windows, Macintosh, and other operating systems. The parser has only been tested in a Windows XP environment. See the parser installation and user guide documentation for full details.
We would like to know if you choose to download and try the parser. Please send an email to IT Archivist Ricc Ferrante (ferranter [at] si.edu). We would be glad to answer questions about the parser's installation, use and how the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) is using it in SIA's ongoing digital preservation activities.
Download CERP's Email Preservation Parser
Please download and review the installation guide before installing the application.
Open Source Licenses
The Squeak license is posted at http://www.squeak.org/SqueakLicense/ on the Squeak website and applies to the Squeak VME. The parser itself is covered by the MIT License. The documentation is covered by both the MIT License and a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 license.