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Update on Standard SML tools for capture and sharing of archival informtion - Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context (EAC-CPF) - from a UK context (March 2011)

Update on Standard SML tools for capture and sharing of archival informtion - Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context (EAC-CPF) - from a UK context (March 2011)

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  • 1. EAD and EAC: Where are we now? Bill Stockting, British Library and Co-chair of TS-EAD UKAD Forum, TNA, 2 nd March 2011
  • 2. Introduction
    • Today simply a brief update on:
    • Encoded Archival Description – Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families: EAC-CPF
    • Encoded Archival Description: EAD
    • These being the XML standards for electronic capture, presentation and navigation of descriptions of archives and those creating (or otherwise acting in them) and the relationships between them. For us this means descriptions that conform respectively to:
    • ISAD(G)
    • ISAAR(CPF)
  • 3. Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families: EAC-CPF
    • EAC-CPF version 1.0 published in March 2010:
    • Jointly maintained by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and Staatsbibliothek Berlin
    • SAA has now formally adopted the standard and created the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Context (TS-EAC-CPF) of the Standards Committee
    • Official site Staatsbibliothek Berlin http://eac.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/
  • 4. EAC-CPF: Official Site
  • 5. EAC-CPF: ISAAR(CPF) as XML
    • EAC-CPF is ISAAR(CPF) XML so captures:
    • Control information
    • Identity: authorised name and other names
    • Life, family or administrative histories
    • Relationships to other CPF entities and resources of all sorts
    • Examples…
  • 6. SNAC: The Social Networks and Archival Context Project
  • 7. SNAC: The Social Networks and Archival Context Project
  • 8. National Library of Australia: TROVE
  • 9. National Library of Australia: TROVE
  • 10. Encoded Archival Description - EAD
    • Change in the governance for EAD as well:
    • EAD Working Group replaced by Technical Subcommittee of SAA – TS-EAD
    • Actual development to be undertaken by joint Schema Development Team (SDT) which also has responsibility for EAC-CPF
    • TS-EAD charged with producing a revision of EAD by early 2014
  • 11. EAD 2002
    • EAD 2002 has continued the story of success for the standard:
    • Global implementation in repositories big and small
    • Particular adoption for federated services: e.g.s Archives Hub in UK, APEnet the developing European portal for archives
    • Translation of the tag library into many languages including Cantonese!
  • 12. EAD 2002
    • But also many changes which make revision overdue:
    • Standards developments: DACS; ISAAR(CPF) v2 and EAC-CPF
    • Database and mark-up technologies, especially XML and related technologies
    • Semantic Web and linked data concepts and technologies
    • User contribution and creation of catalogues and resources
  • 13. EAD Revision timetable
    • October 2010 - February 2011:  Global call for comments
    • August 2011: Forum(s) for discussion at SAA Annual Meeting
    • Spring 2012: Working meeting(s) of TS-EAD, SDT etc (subject to funding)
    • December 2012: Release of draft schema for testing and comment
    • August 2013: Publish revised version at SAA Annual Meeting
  • 14. EAD: A Radical Revision?
    • Early days but it looks like a radical revision! Hopefully EAD will:
    • Be less complex and easier to teach and use
    • Work better with databases: less formatting and mixed content (tagging within tags)?
    • Allow clear and useful expression of relationships with other:
      • cultural heritage resources (not just archives)
      • CPF entities with any role (not just creator)
    • Allow data from other XML namespaces such as MARC
    • Deal with places better and allow capture of geocoding
    • Conform to latest XML practice
  • 15. Contact
    • Bill Stockting: British Library
    • [email_address]