Where to place <unitdate> raises the question of whether a date a is an integral part of a name/title, as it is in MARC, or if it's a separate data element on its own. About 12-15 years ago, the question was a point of disagreement between the US and UK EAD communities. Both are legal in EAD; has a general consensus appeared about which is the better way to look at dates?
Elizabeth H. Dow, PhD.
School of Library and Information Science
Louisiana State University
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Subject: Re: dates wrapped in title field in box list
We do this all the time. Instead of <date> though you'd want to use <unitdate>.
The <date> element is just for any old date info, including embedded in
narrative text, whereas <unitdate> is specifically for the date(s) of the
archival unit being described -- see
So like this:
I have no idea whether it would cause problems, or what sort, in a database
(depends on how the database is set up, I guess?) but in terms of EAD it's
perfectly legal and logical. It doesn't affect searching for us because we
index and search the EAD directly.
On 3/23/2012 5:42 PM, Ashley Knox wrote:
> What is the consensus on date fields being wrapped inside of title fields,
> especially when the title of a folder IS a date? (specifically in a container list)
> <unittitle> Bills and Receipts,
> <date normal="1850/1859" type="inclusive">1850-1859</date>
> <date calendar="gregorian" normal="1980/1985" era="ce">1980-1985</date>
> All of this being related to the effect on searching in a database (built in a
> mysql database). I've been told that this will hinder searching and that it
> needs to change, that title and date need to separate into their own respective
> fields. I'm working in AT. Would I just not have folder titles, but dates instead?
> I would love to hear opinions on the pros and cons of mysql databases vs. xslt
> styling as well, if anyone would like to comment.
> Thanks for any and all comments!
> Ashley Knox
> Project Manager
> USC Digital Collections
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