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Presentation given at the Fall 2009 MARAC conference, giving preliminary thoughts on the upcoming revision of EAD.

Presentation given at the Fall 2009 MARAC conference, giving preliminary thoughts on the upcoming revision of EAD.

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  • Introduce myself Thank you for the invite Comment on Michelle and Jeanne’s presentations Overview: -Briefly review history of EAD development -Give an appraisal of the current state of EAD -Review likely changes -Offer some half baked ideas of possible changes
  • -International Standard for Archival Description (General) -Encoded Archival Description 1.0 -ISAD (G) revised -EAD 2002 -eliminated some unnecessary layers of encoding, -brought EAD up to compliance with ISAD (G)’s second edition -EAD 2002 schema – Replicated the existing tag set in W3C and Relax NG schema languages. -Enforced proper use of ISO country codes, date normalization patterns. -Introduced namespaces to EAD in a limited way -Namespace for EAD and xlink
  • -International Standard for Archival Authority Records (Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families) -Encoded Archival Context (Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families) -Who submitted comments on the draft CPF schema? -International Standard for Describing Functions -EAC-Functions -International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings EAC-IAH [Mention EAG]
  • Collection Management Systems ICA-AtoM open source web app
  • Current state of affairs: EAD widespread and successful. It has proven that there is a need for archival data transmission standards and inspired work on related standards such as EAC-CPF. EAD is extremely flexible, and can accommodate a broad range of descriptive practices and traditions.
  • EAD’s flexibility - it’s initial selling point - has ultimately gotten us stuck. [discussion of difficulty to implement in CMS context] It also shows its age - doesn’t play well with others. Bit of a loner. Goals for a revison: -Simplify -Play nicely with others What are some likely changes?
  • [Add unit attribute to /, first check in tag library.] -Dimensions -Better way to handle this in VRA core? Not sure, need to investigate
  • [Add unit attribute to /, first check in tag library.] -Dimensions -Better way to handle this in VRA core? Not sure, need to investigate
  • -EAD Working Group being re-charged as part of Standards Committee re-missioning. -Will become Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description -Call for volunteers will go out soon, if you area at all interested, please throw your name in the hat. -Once the new group is charged, hopefully at the Winter SAA Council meeting, revision will get under way in earnest. -Call for comments may go out earlier. -Please contribute! -Hope to complete the comment period by SAA annual meeting in DC., get started then.

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  • Third Time’s the Charm: Thoughts on an EAD Revision ________________________ Michael Rush Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University MARAC Fall 2009 Meeting October 30, 2009
  • <chronlist> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
      • ISAD (G) (1994)
      • EAD 1.0 DTD (1998)
      • ISAD (G), 2nd ed. (1999)
      • EAD 2002 DTD
      • EAD 2002 Schema (2006)
  • <relatedmaterial> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
      • ISAAR (CPF) (1996, 2004)
        • EAC-CPF (2009)
      • ISDF (2008)
        • EAC-F (20??)
      • ISDIAH (2008)
        • EAC-IAH (?) (20??)
  • <relatedmaterial> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
      • Archivists’ Toolkit
      • Archon
      • ICA-AtoM
  • <appraisal> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009 Photo by catdonmit . Licensed under Creative Commons.
  • <appraisal> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009 Photo by lu_lu . Licensed under Creative Commons.
  • <revisiondesc> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009 Reduce/Eliminate Mixed Content EAD: <p> <persname>Barack Obama</persname> was elected <occupation>President of the United States of America</occupation> in <date>2008>.</p> EAC-CPF: <p><span localType=&quot;persname&quot;>Barack Obama</span> was elected <span localType=&quot;occupation&quot;>President of the United States of America</span> in <span localType=&quot;date&quot;>2008</span>.</p>
  • <revisiondesc> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
    • Allow Namespace Interoperability ( the Archival Turducken )
    • Embed other
    • XML schemas:
    • EAC-CPF
    • MODS?
    • Dublin Core?
    • PREMIS?
    • Replace <bioghist>
    • with <cpf:biogHist>?
    Photo by Phil Romans . Licensed under Creative Commons.
  • <revisiondesc> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009 Improve Date Handling EAD Examples: <unitdate normal=“1969-11-10”> November 10, 1969 </unitdate> <unitdate normal=“1914/1918”>1914-1918</unitdate> EAC-CPF Examples: <date standardDate=&quot;1969-11-10&quot;>November 10, 1969</date> <dateRange> <fromDate standardDate=&quot;1914&quot;>1914</fromDate> <toDate standardDate=&quot;1918&quot;>1918</toDate> </dateRange>
  • <revisiondesc> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
    • Eliminate non-descriptive elements and attributes
      • <head>
      • @label
  • <revisiondesc> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
    • Simplify
      • Settle on <c> or c01/c02/c03 etc.
      • Eliminate <table> and <list>?
      • Eliminate recursive elements
        • <scopecontent <scopecontent> <scopecontent> …
  • <revisiondesc> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
    • Camel Case
      • <titleproper>  <titleProper>
      • <archdesc>  <archDesc>
      • <scopecontent>  <scopeContent>
      • <acqinfo>  <acqInfo>
      • <separatedMaterial>  <separatedMaterial>
  • <revisiondesc> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009 Strict Vs. Loose Photo by Jabony . Licensed by Creative Commons.
  • <!-- <revisiondesc> --> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
    • Make Containers Explicit
      • <c>
      • <did>
      • <container type=“Box”>1</container>
      • <unittitle>Peanut Butter</unittitle>
      • </did>
      • </c>
      • <c>
      • <did>
      • <container type=“Box”>1</container>
      • <unittitle>Jelly</unittitle>
      • </did>
      • </c>
  • <!-- <revisiondesc> --> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009 <containers> <container id=“b1” type=“Box”>1</container> <container id=“b2” type=“Box”>2</container> <container id=“b3” type=“Box”>3</container> </containers> … <c><did> <containerPointer target=“b1”/> <unittitle>Peanut Butter</unittitle> </did></c> <c><did> <containerPointer target=“b1”/> <unittitle>Peanut Butter</unittitle> </did></c>
  • <!-- <revisiondesc> --> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
    • Clarify <physdesc>
    • <did>
      • <unittitle>Bust of Van Gogh</unittitle>
      • <physdesc>1 linear foot (1 box), 12” x 6” x 18”,
      • Marble, damage to ear</physdesc>
    • </did>
    • OR
    • <did>
      • <unittitle>Bust of Van Gogh</unittitle>
      • <physdesc>
      • <extent>1 linear foot (1 box)</extent>,
      • <dimentions>12” x 6” x 18”</dimensions>,
      • <physfacet>Marble, damage to ear</physfacet>
      • </physdesc>
    • </did>
  • <!-- <revisiondesc> --> _________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
    • <did>
      • <unittitle>Bust of Van Gogh</unittitle>
      • <extent type=“linear” unit=“feet”>1</extent>
      • <extent type=“parallel”>1 box</extent>
      • <dimensions>
      • <height>12</height>
      • <width>6</width>
      • <depth>18</depth>
      • <dimensions>
      • <physfacet>Marble, damage to ear</physfacet>
    • </did>
  • <bibliography> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
      • Daniel Pitti
        • Rare Book School Class “Designing Archival Description Systems”
      • EAC Working Group
      • EAD Working Group
      • Denizens of the EAD listserv
      • Conversations with many archivists
  • <change> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009 Comments? Want to help? Photo by Zervas . Licensed under Creative Commons.
  • </ead> ______________________________________ 30 Oct 2009
      • Mike Rush
      • [email_address]
      • http://twitter.com/mike_rush