> From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Custer, Mark
> This leads me to a question:  what sort of back-end systems are archives using for their EAD records?


By “back-end” I assume you mean storage/management?   We have a database that stores and manages collection-level information, such as locations, patron registration, collection usage, etc, but the EAD files are simply stored in a directory on the file system.


> is anyone using dates beyond the collection range (those dates associated with a series, folder, even an item) in the information retrieval process?.


Regarding the question of searching, we do offer advanced search options by date (unitdate element), as well as by subject area (the various controlaccess elements), type of material (genreform element), and a few others.  It’s done using swish-e as the indexing and searching piece in conjunction with php scripts.  You can see it here http://library.syr.edu/information/spcollections/findingaids/index.html , scroll down to “Advanced search.”


> has anyone attempted to test their corpus of EAD records with their current search operations vs. indexing and searching those records by means of different models of IR, such as Nutch, INDRI, Solr, or even just Google Custom Search???


No, we haven’t, but that would be an interesting project!




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Michele Combs
Manuscripts Librarian
Special Collections Research Center

Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse, NY  13244


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