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MantaJ! is a component that allows the user (person/library/corporate body) to build a digital historical archive using Joomla!. The archival holdings description can be inserted in the Back-End following the Intenational ICA standard (ISAD,ISAAR,ISDIAH,ISDF) and using several additional fields that will fit most of the archival needs (eventually MantaJ! can be used for handling current archives also).
MantaJ! includes the Sigplus plugin that handles the thumbnail image of the described unit (file/serie/fund) inside the element view plus the corresponding gallery or single image, within a nice js popup box; the Sigplus module for images publishing; the Mantatree tree view module to build hierarchical menu that reflect the archive structure.
MantaJ! is equipped with english and italian translations, and each field is described by a tooltip in both languages.
The available Front-End views (BOTH single view and collection list) associated to the Joomla! menu items are the following:
- Creators
- Holders
- Elements
- Function
- Categories
- Bibliography

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Empty fields are not shown by default and, for the first four standard views, the user can decide which combination of fields must be shown.

The integration into Joomla! makes possibile to build full operational archivistic web-sites, following the international standard ICA rules and with a large variety of templates and customization.

An Honest Opinion

Posted on 16 March 2015

Excellent for small to medium sized archival institutions.

Ease of use

The back end is mysterious for non-archivists, but studying it the end-user can create record for display on the front end.




Based on International Council on Archives schema, it could use better explanations when using the Encoded Archival Description schema.

I used this to: Setting up of a small archive's technical demonstration site in the United States.

Efficient and promising

Posted on 03 October 2013

The extension does exacrly what the developer states. The on-line manual is still a bit rough but I contacted the developers and they were very quinck answering my questions. I am testing Manta to build an online interface for browsing an archive of ancient botanical drawings and I must say the admin interface is really complete. I hope the developers will keep alive the project, especially adding the xml bulk import from the backend, which would make the extension REALLY great.


Elena Cenacchi
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download
Uses updater:
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