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Designing Archival Description Systems will be taught as a new course 
in the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia,
9-13 June 2008. The course will be taught by Daniel Pitti.

Applications are available at http://www.rarebookschool.org/applications/

Course description:
Released in 1998, Encoded Archival Description (EAD) has enabled 
archivists to publish standardized Internet-accessible finding aids. 
EAD has also provided the archival community with the opportunity to 
gain a better understanding of emerging technologies and standards 
and the opportunities presented by them to transform and enhance 
archival description. The course will focus on the design of archival 
descriptive systems by exploring markup and database technologies, 
the International Council on Archives' (ICA) standards, and the 
related communication standards. This course is aimed at 
technologists, archivists, and librarians that either are or are 
contemplating designing and implementing an advanced archival 
descriptive system, and individuals interested in archival description theory.

This course will explore in detail markup and database technologies, 
efforts underway to integrate the two technologies, and the 
opportunity provided by this integration for transforming archival 
description. Students will then read and discuss the ICA standards 
ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF), ISAF, and ISIAH, and the interrelation of the 
four standards to form a complete archival descriptive system. 
Students then will explore the complementary communication standards 
EAD, EAC, EAG, and the potential for developing a communication 
standard for ISAF. Finally, the students will develop an archival 
description system implementation model based on markup and database 
technologies. While the course will have some hands-on components, 
the objective will be to develop a conceptual model of a complete 
archival description system.

Applicants must have a good knowledge of archival descriptive 
practices as well as experience using either markup or database 
technologies. In their personal statement, applicants should indicate 
their relevant archival background, the extent of their previous 
experience with computers in general and EAD in particular, and 
describe their role (present or future) in the implementation of 
archival description systems in their home institution.