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Putting Descriptive Standards to Work is another installment in the series Trends in Archives Practice and consists of the following four modules:
Module 17: Implementing DACs: A Guide to the Archival Content Standard by Cory L. Nimer Leads archivists through the provisions of Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) with the aim of assisting institutions in choosing between available options and creating documentation for local application. Includes extended examples of recording DACS content in EAD3, EAC-CPF, and MARC formats.
Module 18: Using EAD3 by Kelcy Shepherd Provides an introduction to Encoded Archival Description Version EAD3, including its benefits and challenges, overall structure, and relationship to other archival standards. Discusses changes in the recent version and offers practical information on implementation.
Module 19: Introducing EAC-CPF by Katherine Wisser Introduces the standard Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons and Familes (EAC-CPF) and situates it in the wider archival standards landscape.
Module 20: Sharing Archival Metadata by Aaron Rubinstein Explores the potential of data created by archivists and, using approaches and tools for sharing structured data, how it can be shared with researchers in the digital humanities as well as how it can enhance archivists own discovery systems and strategies.
As Kris Kiesling of the Minnesota Historical Society notes in her superb introduction, "Although Putting Descriptive Standards to Work is geared primarily toward archivists who are considering using these standards, there is undoubtedly something here for even the seasoned archivist, as well as students, metadata librarians, digital preservationists, and other members of the information professions who are increasingly called on to be conversant in archival issues and perspectives."
About TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE: This open-ended series of modules by the Society of American Archivists features brief, authoritative treatments written and edited by top-level professionals that fill significant gaps in archival literature. The goal of this modular approach is to build agile, user-centered resources. Modules treat discrete topics relating to the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age. Select modules are clustered together by topic (as they are here) and are available in print or electronic format. Each module also is available individually in electronic format so that readers can mix and match modules that best satisfy their needs and interests. Stay on trend with TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE!
Society of American Archivists
(2017) 6x10 | 362pp | soft cover