The Archival Network: You Don't Get to Describe Records Without Making a Few Standards
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Slides for a paper I was unable to deliver in person at the 2011 Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting due to Hurricane Irene. Covers recent history of descriptive standards within SAA and ...

Slides for a paper I was unable to deliver in person at the 2011 Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting due to Hurricane Irene. Covers recent history of descriptive standards within SAA and archival field in general, then offers some tenets for future standards development.

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  • 1998: EAD 1.02002: EAD 20022004: DACS
  • http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1048412

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  • 1. You Don’t Get to Describe Records Without Making a Few Standards
    The Archival Network
    Michael Rush, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
    Session 706 – Thirty Years On: SAA and Descriptive Standards
    Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, August 27, 2011
  • 2. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, mmwm, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmwm/4129052805/
  • 3. After the flood…
    3
    Momentum shift toward ICA standards
    ISAAR (CPF), 2nd ed. (2004)
    ISDF (2007)
    ISDIAH (2008)
    Reactionary mindset
    Unclear expectations
    Confusing reporting lines
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  • 5. Standards Committee Changes
    5
    Expanded Standards Committee to 9 members
    Technical Subcommittees for each adopted standard
    Development and Review Teams
    5 year review cycles
    Standards vs. Best Practices
    Adoption vs. Endorsement
    Support for a more ‘active’ Standards Committee
    Infrastructure for a Standards Portal
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  • 9. http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1048412
  • 10. Under Construction
    10
    Standards Portal
    EAC-CPF Implementation
    EAD Revision
    DACS Revision
  • 11. CC BY 2.0, veggiefrog, http://www.flickr.com/photos/veggiefrog/2145862702
  • 12. Blockbuster Summer 2013
    12
    EAD
    DACS
    ArchivesSpace*
    * a de facto standard?
  • 13. CC BY 2.0, falardeau, http://www.flickr.com/photos/49889874@N05/5270987711/
  • 14. ICA Descriptive Standards
    14
    ISAD (G)
    International Standard for Archival Description (General)
    ISAAR (CPF)
    International Standard for Archival Authority Records (Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families)
    ISDF
    International Standard for Describing Functions
    ISDIAH
    International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings
  • 15. National Descriptive Standards
    15
    DACS
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard (US)
    RAD
    Rules for Archival Description (Canada)
  • 16. Encoding/Transmission Standards
    16
    Encoded Archival Description
    Encoded Archival Context – Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families
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  • 19. What’s Missing?
    19
    Encoded Archival Context – Functions?
    Encoded Archival Context – Institutions with Archival Holdings?
    Additional or expanded national content standards?
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  • 21. Tenets for Future Standards
    21
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  • 27. CC BY 2.0, Yandle, http://www.flickr.com/photos/yandle/4337747398/
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  • 37. Tenets for Future Standards
    37
    Machine Usability
    Human Usability
    Avoid ambiguity (data first)
    Links, links, links
    Focus on tools, not tags
    Standardize non-archival tasks
    Internationalization
  • 38. What else is missing?
    38
    Best Practices for…
    Display
    Search and Discovery
    Capturing User-Generated Content
  • 39. Best Practices for Display
    Best Practices for Search and Discovery
    Best Practices for Capturing User-Generated Content
  • 40. What is SAA’s role?
    40
    Maintenance of national standards
    Maintenance of adopted international standards
    Development of best practices
    International engagement and collaboration
    Dissemination and education