Mr. Bady: You might receive other, more technical, responses to your inquiry,
but I can at least tell you that EAD is not designed to encode audio-visual
formats. The EAD DTD does provide options for describing AV materials and
creating links to them - via the DAO tag - (short for Digital Archival
or the more robust DAOGRP tag.
If you look at the EAD HELP PAGES:
especially at the EAD Sites Annotated page:
and the sub-directory of Delivery Methods:
you will see a number of sites that deliver native SGML,
As luck would have it, we just put up our first two
finding aids which link to motion picture files.
In the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Collection:
SGML version: http://webtext.library.yale.edu/sgmldf/beinecke.steincol.sgm
you will find a home movie (rather blurry) of Stein. (Search for "movie")
And in the Richard Wright Papers:
SGML version: http://webtext.library.yale.edu/sgmldf/beinecke.wright.sgm
you can have a look at a very interesting group of screen tests Wright did
for the film
version of his novel, "Native Son" - complete with sound. (Search for
The films are encoded in RealPlayer format.
However, I would ask for other examples from readers of this list,
as our implementation of links to digital archival objects is not strictly
First, I used <extptr> for the link, instead of <dao> - and, due to some
difficulties in getting our
system to launch RealPlayer, I cheated in my ENTITY declaration
by noting that the RealPlayer files are of the type "HTML" -
which means that Netscape or IE will launch - and they will bear
the burden of parsing the file type.
We plan to clean things up, but we wanted to get some
AV examples up for perusal quickly - hence our work-around.
I hope this at least provides some info. to start with.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT 06520
Webmaster, EAD HELP PAGES,
EAD RoundTable, Society of American Archivists
At 08:46 AM 9/21/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Currently we are investigating EAD encoding finding aids related to sound
>and moving image collections.
>I have perused the list of EAD implementers looking for some relevant
>examples of encoding (no sense
>in re-inventing the wheel) in order to review how other agencies/people have
>Alas, I have yet to find any examples where the SGML or XML is available for
>viewing or download.
>I would be grateful if anyone who has done some work in EAD encoding of
>sound and moving image could pass on some relevant examples, perhaps via
>email to: [log in to unmask]
>Thanks in advance for your consideration in this.
>Imaging and Information Analyst
> > Emerging and Applied Information Technologies group
> > BC Archives
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