The Archives Hub is currently working on a significantly enhanced Template to enable all of our 170-odd contributors to easily supply
EAD descriptions to us. The Template will be freely available (registration required) and will replace the current one at
It enables editing of uploaded files, as well as creation of new ones, and you can save your draft file between editing sessions. Links to digital surrogates are easy to add, common markup tags (e.g. paragraphs, lists, titles, links) can be added via a right-click menu, and a special characters keyboard is provided.
Components can easily be added to create sub-fonds descriptions, and a tree structure will show exactly what the hierarchy looks like.
The template will allow you to preview the EAD, and see how the finished file would look when displayed in the Archives Hub. Finally, once the file is finished you'll be able to email a copy to yourself.
We are also providing this template to the institutions that contribute to the Hub and host their own data, along with an administrative interface for file and user management.
I will provide more information to the list once the Template is completed.
All the best,
Archives Hub Co-ordinator
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
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> > > -------- Forwarded Message --------
> > > > From: Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]>
> > > > Reply-To: Encoded Archival Description List <[log in to unmask]>
> > > > To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> > > > Subject: EAd authoring tools
> > > > Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 16:02:45 +0000 Hello List --
> > > >
> > > > I'm in the process of compiling a list of tools that make
> > > authoring (or updating) EAD simpler/easier. I'm already aware of
> > > the items listed at
> > > http://www.archivists.org/saagroups/ead/tools.html, the web-based
> > > templates used by OAC, and the add-ons for NoteTab.
> > > I'm also aware of the various database options that output EAD,
> > > such as Archon and AT, but what I'm specifically looking for are
> > > examples of tools that simplify the *direct* authoring/editing of
> > > EAD files. These might be as simple as a css style sheet for
> > > XMetaL that masks the complexity of the raw EAD so it's easier to
> > > fill in the content, or as sophisticated as Justin Banks' XForms
> > > tool. A while ago someone posted a link to a video about how to
> > > use Excel and MailMerge for long inventories -- very inventive.
> > > Any and all such tools are of interest, though of course the
> > > easier it would be for someone else to pick up and use, the better.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks in advance --
> > > >
> > > > Michele
> > > >
> > > > (be green - don't print this email!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Michele
> > > > Combs Manuscripts Librarian Special Collections Research Center
> > > > Syracuse University Libraries
> > > > 222 Waverly Ave.
> > > > Syracuse, NY 13244
> > > > 315-443-2081
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