One situation I have used multiple <dsc> in (but not nested) is when a
collection is made up of several deposits. The first one has an old in
depth finding aid which was retroconverted into EAD - this goes in the
first dsc with type attribute "in-depth". A more recent deposit comes in
for the same collection which we have not catalogued to item level (and
conceivably never will) but we do give it a much briefer description -
perhaps a single <c01> with a long, summary <scopecontent>. This goes in
a second <dsc> with a type attribute "analyticover". Perhaps in the
future this will be expanded - the <dsc> elements help to mark out which
sections of the finding aid follow which listing technique. Notes on
this should of course go into the <eadheader>.
# Richard Higgins
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Fabienne Queyroux wrote:
> Hello all
> Here in France we are working on the translation of the Application
> guidelines. During our last session, we have stumbled on a problem
> regarding <dsc> and its attribute TYPE. (Interestingly, none of us using
> EAD in France had so far met the problem).
> The Application guidelines recommend to use only one <dsc>. We would
> like to know if any one on the list has had to use several <dsc>, more
> exactly a <dsc> within another <dsc>, or <dsc> within <c>, and what were
> the reasons to do so.
> Also, we are a little perplexed regarding the distinction between the
> values "in-depth" and "combined" for TYPE. As far as we can tell by
> looking at the examples given, the major difference between them is the
> presence or absence of an element <scopecontent> before the description
> really starts.
> And anyway, what is the real use of that TYPE attribute here?
> We will welcome any clarification. Thank you all for your help.
> Fabienne Queyroux
> Conservateur en chef chargé des collections de manuscrits
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