EAD Assignment, IST628 - Organization and Management of Archival Collections - Spring 2017

Useful resources

The following resources are mentioned in the lecture, and will be useful in completing your assignment.

Important notes

DO NOT wait until the night before the assignment is due to begin working on this, in case you have problems with it. If you need help, please email me at mrrothen@syr.edu or call me at 315-443-2081 and I will be happy to work with you.

DO look at lots of examples (links 1 and 2 above) before you start working on your finding aid, and if you encounter problems look at the examples to help you figure out how to fix it.

DO NOT post your completed assignment to Blackboard. When you are done, email your final EAD file to me at mrrothen@syr.edu. Your finding aid will be graded on both encoding and content.

Downloading files for your EAD description of your collection

  1. Create a new folder on your desktop called "ead_assignment" or similar.
  2. Save the following five files to that folder (right-click [Windows] or Apple key [Mac], choose "Save link as" or "Download").
  3. To test that you have downloaded them correctly, go into the new folder on your desktop and open the file "aaa_template.xml" in your web browser. Do this by right-clicking on the file and choosing "Open with > Firefox" or "Open with > Safari" or whatever your web browser is. If for some reason that doesn't work, in your web browser choose "File > Open File" and browse to the new folder and select the aaa_template.xml file.
  4. When you open aaa_template.xml, it should look like the image below. If it doesn't, please contact me as soon as possible so we can determine what the problem is.
  5. Follow the instructions given in the Assignment document (assignment_2016.pdf) to complete the assignment.