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Prepared and maintained by the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description of the Society of American Archivists
Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is the international metadata transmission standard for hierarchical descriptions of archival records. Developed by the EAD Working Group of the Society of American Archivists and first published in 1998, EAD is an Extensible Markup Language (XML) format used by archivists around the globe.
The development of EAD made it possible to create electronic finding aids within a specifically archival data structure compliant with General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)). This innovation was a crucial impetus behind the swift migration of archival description to the internet, the acceptance of national archival descriptive content standards like Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), and the emergence of a professional consensus that archival description existed to be shared widely and shared well.
Version EAD3 supersedes earlier versions. Those new to EAD as well as seasoned users will need this latest version of the Tag Library. The changes in EAD3 are extensive. There are many new features that enhance functionality and interoperability, including new elements and attributes.
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|Encoded Archival Description Tag Library - Version EAD3 was officially adopted as a standard by the Council of the Society of American Archivists in July 2015, following review by the SAA Standards Committee, its Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description, and the general archival community. |
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
"The development of a standard is always necessary, to ensure that it remains relevant and useful and addresses the needs of the community, so I welcome the developments within EAD and the publication of the new standard in both physical and online form. As the online tag library exists, the physical book may only be of interest to those who delve into EAD frequently, or who, like me, enjoy taking a break from the computer sometimes to simply open a book . . . I feel sure that I am talking to a sympathetic audience with that one!"
—Jane Stevenson, Archives Hub, Jisc Manchester, Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association (UK), 2016