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Deborah,
Since my department has to manage library, archives and even 
museological materials, we have had to find an "integrated solution". 
For years we have been working with Marc formats for bibliographic 
collections, and, since we had a robust solution, we developed also 
Marc formats for archives and even for museums (according to the old 
ISO 2709 and ICA and ICOM specifications). Our background has been a 
relational database, but, two years ago, more or less, we started to 
work with HTML and other SGML derived specifications. Finally, since 
some months we are working, still like a test, with XML. As you know, 
XML allow us to embed any other specification, in such a way we don't 
have problems to migrate databases. On the other hand, we are using 
also EAD, and defining (with the background of relational databases) 
crosswalks between MARC and EAD, and migrating and retrieving 
information with a minimum of effort. In addition, we can associate 
descriptions to different kins of files: text, sound, image... With 
regards to the longevity of EAD, we are not prophets, but the trend, as 
far as I know, is the research about open and non-proprietary standards 
capable of making migration easier. I don't know if our experience is 
useful for you. I hope so.
Best Regards
Alejandro Delgado-Gómez
Cartagena City Council

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Remitente: "Deborah S. Davis" <[log in to unmask]>
Fecha: Miércoles, Julio 25, 2001 8:41 pm
Asunto: if you have time

> First of all,
> 
> Thank you for all the help you've given me about the XT/XSLT 
> problem with
> Xmetal 2.1  I don't have a solution yet but am waiting to hear 
> back from
> SoftQuad...also waiting for the Archives to come back up.  I know 
> you are
> all busy and I'm sure there's a discussion of this in the EAD list
> Archives, but see above....
> 
> I have some basic questions about why EAD that if someone has time 
> I would
> love to hear some thoughts on.  In talking over EAD with computer 
> peopleoutside the Archives world, I've heard a few questions about 
> XML'slongevity.  Is EAD going to be around a long time?  We're an 
> Archives, but
> like most Archives in Academic Institutions, we're embedded in the
> library.  So I have to answer to and persuade library 
> administration that
> EAD will be worth the commitment.  We're in the lucky (or very 
> unlucky,depending on your perspective) position of having few 
> existing finding
> aids and we're now creating them.  It seems like a good time to get
> started with EAD and "do it right the first time," but also given the
> mountain of material to wade through...anything that slows us up 
> is a
> problem.
> 
> I would love to hear some thoughts from others wrestling with these
> questions, or who've already decided and can give perspective.  I 
> wouldalso love to hear from those in 1 to 2 person archives 
> without a lot of
> technical support for XML.
> 
> Thank you,
> 
> Deborah S. Davis, Archives Librarian
> Odum Library, Valdosta State University
> Valdosta, GA   31698-0150
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> (912) 333-7150
>