TARO 2.0 beta site testing concluded!

TARO colleagues:
Thank you to everyone who participated and provided feedback during the testing phase (May 18 to August 16) for the new TARO website. This post includes important date information that was previously sent to the taro-list and information about next steps.

Here is a recap of important dates
Key dates and expected activity timelines for stakeholders and the development team are listed below. These dates are subject to change.

  • May 18th, 2021: BETA launch part 1: new TARO administrative website.
  • July 19th, 2021: BETA launch part 2: new TARO public website.
  • August 2nd, 2021: Deadline for Stakeholder feedback on BETA administrative site.
  • August 16th, 2021: Deadline for Stakeholder feedback on BETA public site.
  • September 1st, 2021: Legacy site activity and uploads frozen.
  • September 15th, 2021: Final migration of data from legacy to the new site.
  • September 29th, 2021: Hard launch of the new TARO site, release 1.0. Legacy site redirects to new public site.
  • December 31st, 2021: End of development. Return to <5% developer maintenance time.

Here is a list of feedback reminders that were sent to the taro-list.

  • BETA Admin site: 3 reminders were sent to the list (June 09, June 30, July 26)
  • BETA Public site: 3 reminders were sent to the list (July 27, August 3, August 9)
  • Browse terms testing reminders included as part of BETA Public site reminders

Next steps for TARO members

  • Continue editing your finding aids, as needed, based on the last available migration report you have. You can use the Admin site until you hear otherwise and after that you can use the Qual site to double check that your finding aids meet the TARO 2.0 site requirements. Qual site instructions are here.
  • You can continue to update and add new finding aids to the Legacy site through the end of August. Beginning in September the file upload will be frozen/not allowed (similar to the end of year processing freeze before the winter break holidays).

Between now and the official launch at the end of September the development team will be busy wrapping work. The launch of the new website is a big endeavor and has involved the work of many people – including all you who are editing your finding aids.

This is a big milestone for TARO – we are starting to use our new URL (txarchives.org), the new logo, and, of course, the redesigned website. Thank you all for your hard work!

Stay tuned to the taro-list for future updates.


The TARO 2.0 implementation project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.