I noticed this message (below) from Eliot Kimber on the newsgroup,
comp.text.sgml. It looks like a great plug for the EAD. Are we ready to
make that larger group aware of the release of the alpha version?
By the way, Randy may have missed some names of people subscribed to the
EAD listserv (see "Subscribers' List"). I must be on it because I
received the message. :)
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Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 21:11:46 -0900
From: W. Eliot Kimber <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Some Cool SGML Stuff
Came across the Berkley Finding Aid Project
(http://library.berkeley.edu:80/AboutLibrary/Projects/BFAP/) in the
course of doing a Web search. Here is the first paragraph from their
"The Berkeley Finding Aid Project is a collaborative endeavor to test
the feasibility and desirability of developing an
encoding standard for archive, museum, and library finding aids. Finding
aids are documents used to describe, control,
and provide access to collections of related materials. In the
hierarchical structure of collection-level information access
and navigation, finding aids reside between bibliographic records and
the primary source materials. Bibliographic records
lead to finding aids, and finding aids lead to primary source materials.
A standard for encoding finding aids will ensure
not only broad based access to our cultural heritage and natural history
collections, but that the findings aids themselves
will survive hardware and software platform changes, and thereby remain
available for future generations."
I hadn't heard about this, so it took me by surprised. I think it's
pretty cool for at least the following reasons:
a) It shows how sophisticated SGML browsers (e.g., Panorama) can provide
a significantly better result than HTML for database-ish information
like finding aids.
b) It shows how SGML can be used effectively to structure database-ish
information like finding aids.
c) My wife is a PhD candidate in history, so these finding aids are a
tool she desperately needs to do her work. It's cool when the nerdish
work you do has some relevance to your better half's life beyond paying
Dr. Macro says check it out.
W. Eliot Kimber([log in to unmask]) Sr SGML Consultant and HyTime
Passage Systems, Inc., 2608 Pinewood Terr., Austin TX 78757
10596 N. Tantau Ave, Cupertino CA, 95014, (408) 366-0300
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