So, what might the prospects be for OAI (Open Archives Initiative) providing
a lower cost, less complex, more accessible, more universal alternative? How
much is the extra functionality used?
Plattsburgh State U of NY
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From: "Elizabeth Shaw" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: Intended scope of the EAD (2nd try at sending)
> EAD is used for the encoding of archival finding aids -descriptive guides
> to collections of materials -not general purpose web pages.
> One can imagine that finding aids for collections of digital objects might
> be encoded in EAD but the objects themselves might be images, word files,
> pdf or what ever.
> Perhaps the reason your last posting didn't receive an answer is your
> final paragraph. EAD is *not* a general purpose encoding scheme like HTML
> or XHTML but is a document type designed to encode very specific types of
> information. EAD is really only of interest to those who work
> with archival collections or other cultural heritage materials.
> EAD encodes the metadata about a collection (ie information about a
> collection) not the collection itself. It seems unlikely that anyone but
> those who are developing web sites for archives or cultrural institutions
> would adopt EAD.
> Descriptions of collections that are encoded in EAD are generally
> prioritized by an individual archive based on factors such as the
> importance of the collection to the institution, the level of existing
> descriptive metadata about the collection, the likelihood that the
> collection would be of broad general interest. Each institution has chosen
> its own way.
> While it is true that large institutions are disproportionately
> represented in the ranks of those who have adopted EAD this may reflect a
> variety of things - the relative immaturity of XML tools, the steep
> learning curve to implement, the resources available in an institution,
> the usefulness of making one's finding aids available beyond the
> institution's doors.
> Many EAD encoded finding aids are migrated from pre-existing paper based
> finding aids. The are enhanced with the EAD encoding in order to provide
> additional structure so the XML transformation and search/retrieval tools
> can be utilised to access precise information within an individual or
> collection of finding aids.
> Hope that points you in the right direction.
> Liz Shaw
> Visiting Lecturer
> Room 626 IS Building
> Department of Library and Information Sciences
> School of Information Science
> University of Pittsburgh
> Pittsburgh, PA 15260
> Phone: (412)624-9455
> Fax: (412)648-7001
> On Tue, 23 Apr 2002, L.H. Grant wrote:
> > I am new to the list so please forgive me if this topic has already been
> > discussed. Essentially, I would like to know how people knowledgeable
> > this area view the practical scope or influence of the EAD particularly
> > it relates to Web pages and other digital material such as PDF, WORD and
> > other similar types of files.
> > Do many of you view the EAD as having limited reach and application ?
> > instance, given the nature of the EAD, do most see it as a tool for use
> > government and academic institutions? I perused some of the listserv's
> > archive and surmised from what I read that most institutions that have
> > adapted the EAD were those with substantial resources and the ability to
> > designate and train one or more in the use of the EAD. Does this make
> > use of the EAD impractical with smaller institutions, groups or
> > Also, given the effort required to use the EAD, I wonder what guidelines
> > used in selecting the digital material for EAD inclusion. Is it only
> > is considered the most important documents?
> > Finally, there are over 2 million Web pages added every day and many
> > thousands of pdf and word files as well. Is it practical to even
> > using the EAD for a fraction of this amount? Other than a few select
> > institutions, have webmasters incorporated the EAD into their sites on
> > appreciable level?
> > Thank you,
> > Lee
> > Research and Development
> > IconFind, Inc.
> > 4849 El Cemonte Ave., #169
> > Davis, CA 95616 USA
> > tel: (530) 756-6477
> > http://www.iconfind.com