Dear Mr Pitti,
this is a very good news!
Unfortunatelly I didn't have time previously to send you comments about
the EAC schema, so I guess that this is not the appropriate moment to
send a comment, so I would like to excuse me, for this late email.
I had the feeling, that different institutions have different requests
metadata schema, including EAC and EAD. I don't know whether there exist
any modifications of the EAC schema, but EAD has several custom versions
(e.g. the Master project mixed TEI and EAD, the Monasterium project
extended EAD with features important for medievalists etc.). Practically
it means, that those schemas will not be no more EAD schemas, but new
ones, which hold some of the features of EAD structure. I guess, that this
is a problem. When I am thinking about this, I know a good solution found
inside the OAI-PMH schema. It defines an "envelope" for different kind of
metadata schemas, in a way, that in a given point of the schema it allows
to insert any element belongs to another namespace.
The important part of the schema :
<documentation>Metadata must be expressed in XML that complies
with another XML Schema (namespace=#other). Metadata must be
explicitly qualified in the response.</documentation>
<any namespace="##other" processContents="strict"/>
I guess that there are parts in the EAC and EAD schemas, where this pattern
could be followed, and these projects could remain EAD compilant.
Anyway: I congratulate all of you, who worked on the new schema!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Pitti" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 5:04 PM
Subject: EAC-CPF 2010 Released!
> The EAC-CPF Working Group (EACWG) is pleased to announce the public
> release of the EAC-CPF 2010 version of the schema and tag library for
> Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families. The
> new standard provides an XML vocabulary to enable encoding and
> communicating archival authority records created according to the rules
> promulgated in ISAAR-CPF, and it is intended to facilitate content-rich
> authority records that can interoperate in a global environment.
> EAC-CPF 2010 results from work over the past 30 months by a 15-member
> working group representing 9 countries. Their work has been supported by
> the Society of American Archivists, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Archivio
> di Stato di Bologna, the Istituto per i Beni Artistici, Culturali e
> Naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna, and by generous funding from the
> Delmas Foundation. The Working Group benefitted from extensive input from
> the international archival community throughout the review process of the
> draft schema in late 2009.
> The stable schema is available for immediate download in 3 versions: WC3
> schema language, Relax NG Schema, and Relax NG Schema Compact. It is
> accompanied by an extensive Tag Library complete with encoding examples,
> which is also available for immediate download. It is expected that the
> online tag library will continue to evolve over time to meet the needs of
> the encoding community.
> The three schema versions, the Tag Library, and other information
> resources, are available on the official EAC-CPF website:
> http://eac.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/ . The international standard is
> jointly supported by the Society of American Archivists and the State
> Library of Berlin.
> Please contact Kathy Wisser ([log in to unmask]), Chair of the EACWG, if
> you have questions.