EAD Assignment, IST628 - Organization and Management of Archival Collections - Spring 2018
The following resources are mentioned in the lecture, and will be useful in completing your assignment.
- Examples of finding aids, more than 1000 finding aids for you to look at as examples
- EAD code for the above examples
- Validator, for checking your finding aid
- ISO 639, for three-letter language codes
- ISO 8601, for how the "normal" attribute for dates and times should be formed
- Art and Architecture thesaurus, for terms for the types of material (reports, photographs, minutes, etc)
- Library of Congress Authority files, for names of people and places, for subject headings
- DACS to EAD to MARC crosswalk
- Complete EAD tag library, lists all EAD elements alphabetically
- EADiva, an interactive version of the EAD tag library that lists elements in structural order - a very useful site to explore
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Your finding aid will be graded on both encoding and content.
Downloading files for your EAD description of your collection
- Create a new folder on your desktop called "ead_assignment" or similar.
- Save the following five files to that folder (right-click [Windows] or Apple key [Mac], choose "Save link as" or "Download").
- NOTE: For some reason, Vista (and possibly some other operating systems) may try to change the file extension (the last three letters) of some of the files during the download. In this example you can see I have tried to save the file "eadcbs6-su1.xsl" but the system has changed it to ".xml"
So when you are saving, please look carefully at the "File name" box showing the name the file is being saved as, and make sure that those last three letters match what is listed below. If they do not, change the last three letters in the "File name" box before you click "save," so that it saves it to your computer with the correct name.
- EAD template: aaa_template.xml
- EAD stylesheet, part 1: eadcbs6-su1.xsl
- EAD stylesheet, part 2: su1.xsl
- EAD stylesheet, printer-friendly version, part 1: eadprint-su.xsl
- EAD stylesheet, printer-friendly version, part 2: eadprint.css
- 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.
- 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.
- Follow the instructions given in the Assignment document (assignment_2018.pdf) to complete the assignment.