Hi Leslie,

Having read some of the suggestions for the EAD or Metadata roundtables, I wonder if there were interest in a session which would explore the potential of EAD both as a wrapper for other metadata or as a part of other metadata sets. I am considering posting the message below on the EAD listserve. The problem I have is to identify potential speakers. From utterances in messages (last time Michele Rothenberger in her reply on September 07) it seems that people use different formats in EAD finding aids, however, safe for images (mostly used to make the finding aid more aesthetically pleasing or just interesting) I have not seen that many examples. 

Of course, I would be glad to help organize this panel. Do you think this would be a good panel and if so could you advise me how to make it happen?

Thanks, stan

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Hi all,
There was some talk about the transformation of DTD in to a schema last couple of years. Schemata do support namespaces and thus, if I read it correctly, combination of various standards. That opens interesting avenues for describing archival collections. Several people on this listserve have indicated that they transformed the EAD DTD into a schema, how do they use it? Does anybody embed EAD into METS or METS/MODS into EAD? I think it would be interesting to see what potential has EAD when combined with other (descriptive, administrative, preservation) metadata standards.

EAD seems to be well understood by now and broadly accepted as a dedicated tool for describing archival collections, but sometimes I have the feeling that we are still caught in the pre-EAD thinking about finding aids and use EAD as an editing tool for our finding aids instead as a an instrument that could change the way the finding aids are being 'engineered' by archivists and used by users.

I would be interested in a session that would bring together people who do combine different standards or use EAD in a different way. Clay Redding spoke this year about JPEG 2000 and I believe he mentioned that they used EAD for the JPEG header, but would terminate this practices and did not have chance to ask him what their reasons are, but I am still interested in their reasons.

If there is interest I would help in organizing this panel.   

-----Original Message-----
From: Leslie Czechowski [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:29 AM
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Subject: 2006 Annual Meeting of SAA, NAGARA, and COSHRC

To members of the EAD community:

As chair of SAA's EAD Roundtable, I encourage you to consider submitting a 
program proposal for the 2006 joint meeting in Washington, DC next summer. 
We had no sessions directly relating to EAD activities at the 2005 SAA 
conference, and this might be a wonderful opportunity for presenters from 
various arenas.

To submit a proposal, use the form on the SAA Web site:
Deadline is October 7, 2005.

If people wish to consult about a proposal, feel free to contact me.

Leslie Czechowski
Manuscripts Curator
Univ. of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System [log in to unmask]