Thank you in advance for your advice :).
We are currently mapping data from a legacy collection descriptive system
to one that will comply with EAD and EAC standards.
I have a query about describing the duration of oral history interview
tape recordings, and would be very grateful for some clarification from
So, in our Oral History & Sound collection data, current measures include
Quantity, Number of Interviews, and Duration. Quantity is currently an
integer, plus a lookup list for ‘type’, plus a space for free text. We are
retaining this and have mapped the elements fairly straightforwardly to
<physdesc> <extent><unit>, <physdesc> <extent type="[value]">, and
<physdesc> <extent>. Number of Interviews is an integer and we have mapped
it to <physdesc> <extent><unit>.
Our field Duration contains a number only, representing number of minutes.
At first take we had mapped it to <materialSpec>, as the Preface to the
EAD tag library states “Information such as scale for technical drawings
and maps and playing time for sound recordings can be expressed in
<materialspec>”, and the <materialspec> tag description includes “…
physical presentation data for music records”.
However we feel that Duration may also be usefully mapped to Extent, and
note that the <extent> tag library includes “…the volume of a data file in
bytes”, which we feel may be comparable.
I would really appreciate any experience or clarification others can offer
in this area please?
Nicola Frean | Leader, Arrangement & Description
Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
PO Box 12349
DDI: +64 4 4623903