Jordan et al:
Yes, this is a hard one, since EAD is specifically for finding aids and not
for oral histories. But since there are significant advantages to
aggregating oral history data with finding aid content (we have over 200
EADs representing oral histories in our database), Northwest Digital
Archives created a work-around.

You can find the oral history encoding guidelines with our other Best
Practices at

Of course, we have yet to see how that works out in the long run. As we
explore possibilities for further data aggregation, we will find out more
about how this works.

Best, Jodi

On 4/25/07 11:01 AM, "Jordon Steele" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> It doesn't look like EAD supports the level of encoding for Oral History
> Metadata that I'm looking for (i.e. interviewer, interviewee, subject,
> timestamp, etc.)  Anyone know of a tag library that's been created for
> this purpose?  I notice that the OAC uses a version of TEI for its oral
> history project.  Is this considered the standard, in so far as there is
> one?
> Best,
> Jordon
> Jordon Steele
> Archivist
> Biddle Law Library
> University of Pennsylvania Law School
> (215) 898-5011

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Northwest Digital Archives
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