The EAD Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists (EAD RT) has
migrated content out of the EAD Help Pages to sever"al new locations to
allow for better maintenance and delineation of "official content related to
the standard, resources maintained by the community, and resources
maintained by the EAD RT. Content formerly included within the EAD Help
Pages has been relocated to the official EAD website hosted by the Library
of Congress, the EAD Roundtable’s website, or the SAA Standards Portal.
The decision to migrate the content from the EAD Help Pages was motivated by
several factors, the most notable of which was the results of a 2010 survey
of the EAD RT membership. There has been continuing difficulty of
maintaining the website in its current form (static HTML, CSS, and some
XML/XSLT). Given SAA’s adoption of the Drupal content management system, the
EAD RT leadership elected to utilize it for ease of maintenance.
Content relating to the EAD standard itself, including introductory text,
schema and DTD documentation, and tag library translations, has been
migrated to the official EAD website at http://www.loc.gov/ead/. This
website is maintained by the Network Development and MARC Standards Office
of the Library of Congress. We are continually grateful for their ongoing
support of providing information about EAD.
Content relating specifically to the EAD RT, such as news, officers, meeting
minutes and agendas, as well as select tools and resources maintained or
hosted by the EAD RT, has been moved to the Roundtable’s website at
roundtable. Resources maintained or hosted by the EAD RT include the EAD
Bibliography, User-Contributed Stylesheets, the EAD 1.0 to 2002 Conversion
package, and the EAD Cookbook. Upon request, the EAD RT can provide hosting
for stylesheets or other tools using our organizational account on Github, a
source code hosting platform.
Information on implementation of EAD, including best practice guidelines,
links to tools hosted by their creators, and the like, has been moved to or
linked from the SAA Standards Portal at
archival-description-ead/encoded-archival-description-ead . The SAA
Standards Portal allows anyone with an SAA web account to submit resources
to the Standards Portal. More information on the Standards Portal can be
found online at http://www2.archivists.org/standards .
Some of the content on the EAD Help Pages was outdated or duplicated
elsewhere and was not migrated. This includes some tools and helper files
for earlier versions of EAD. Based on the 2010 survey of the EAD RT
membership, the Roundtable’s leadership decided not to migrate the EAD
Implementer listings. In that survey, the Implementer listings ranked low in
terms of perceived value as well as actual use on the EAD Help Pages.
It is our hope that the newly reorganized content will continue to grow with
submissions from the community. Please contact the leadership of the EAD RT
if you have any questions or suggestions regarding our web content.
Mark A. Matienzo, Co-Chair (2010-2012)
Hillel Arnold, Co-Chair (2011-2013)
EAD RT Steering Committee: