Peter et al,

This PDF file is definitely NOT the final version of DACS.  It is most
likely the version that was made available for public comment.  Lots of
changes were made based on those comments, some of them very significant.
Thank you, Peter, for pointing this out.

Kris Kiesling

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Well, DACS is available (minus some appendices and possibly not in its
final form) on-line at:

I have this bookmarked so I can get to it, but I am not sure of its context
within the SAA site at this point, so I can't vouch 100% for its
up-to-dateness. Still, it is better than nothing and might be of use while
you are waiting for your hard copy to show up.

Peter Hirsch


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APPM has been superseded by Describing Archives:  A Content Standard
(published by SAA, 2004  DACS
is designed to be used for the creation of finding aids and bibliographic
records, in conjunction with EAD and MARC 21, for everything from
to item level descriptions.  It also can be used with EAC for the creation
of archival authority records.  DACS is not yet available online, but at
some point in the future will be incorporated into Cataloger's Desktop.

Kris Kiesling
Associate Director for Technical and Digital Services
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

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Subject: Status of APPM

I have a question about the Archives, Personal Papers, & Manuscripts (APPM)
standard. The company that I work for, IDC Publishers (in the Netherlands)
has used this standard in past for the bibliographic description of
collections, next to EAD of course as a data format. My question is about
the current status of APPM. I noticed that the current version of
Cataloger's Desktop of the Library of Congress does no longer include a
description of the APPM standard. I have also been unable to locate a
on-line version of APPM elsewhere. Does anybody know if this standard is
still actively maintained? And do many institutions still use APPM for the
actual description of archives, also on item level?
Kind regards,

Peter Verhaar

Bibliographic Department
IDC Publishers
Leiden, The Netherlands