I selected the Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) standard (http://eac.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/index.php) for a project I am working on with the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM). I am not sure is this standard is considered part of EAD or just complimentary of it. The EAC-CPF website states the standard "is used closely in association with Encoded Archival Description (EAD), an XML-Schema for encoding archival finding aids, but not limited to it." They also share the EAD mailing list.
The data repository we architected for NARM was designed to store metadata for all commercially released physical and digital music products. I selected this XML standard to help address the issue of a recording artist using multiple names through out their career (e.g John Cougar, John Cougar Melloncamp, John Melloncamp or Sean Combs, Sean "Puffy" Combs, P-Diddy, Puff Daddy, Diddy, Sean John). I literally spent 3 days looking around and reviewing various metadata standards before coming across this one. I knew I was not the only person who had to deal with this issue. I suspected there must be a metadata standard available which had a well thought out data structure which could handle a variety of names, aliases, name changes, and even the ability to capture common misspellings of names. I think EAC-CPF has done a nice job of creating a versatile data structure to capture this type of information.
The system we built utilizes the FEDORA repository which uses the concept of digital objects which can contain 1 or more data streams. We created digital objects for each of the recording artists associated with the music products and stored the EAC-CPF XML as a data stream in those artist objects. Those EAC-CPF data streams can then be indexed for search or directly accessed through webservices.
I am a firm believer in using metadata standards in the content and data management systems we develop. I recognize the collective knowledge they represent is far greater than what I could design alone.
On Sep 11, 2012, at 11:29 AM, Peter Hirsch wrote:
> (Please forgive the cross-posting)
> Colleagues of the overlapping music library, archives and EAD worlds,
> I would be interested in hearing from those of you who have processed
> collections of music and have consciously chosen to encode or to not
> encode their finding aids in EAD.
> I want to be clear that I am not speaking about papers of musicians or
> composers, but of accumulations of scores (published or manuscript) or
> sound recordings (again, issued and not). I would like to hear what
> specific factors influenced you or your institution to embrace EAD for
> these collections or decide that it was not desirable to do so.
> Links to examples of what is done at your institution would be most appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
> Peter Hirsch
> Music Specialist
> Special Formats Processing
Digital Media & Technology Consultancy
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