From: Schaffner,Jennifer [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 8:55 PM
To: Archives & Archivists (A&A) List
Subject: [archives] Fwd: EAC Webinar Announcement

Webinar Invitation: EAC-CPF Workshop on Thursday, 8 October from 9-10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

OCLC Research, the RLG Partnership and the EAC Working Group invite archivists, authorities librarians, system developers and linked-data geeks to an online workshop to discuss the draft EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context—Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families) standard on Thursday, 8 October from 6:00-7:00 a.m. PDT / 9:00-10:00 a.m. EDT / 2:00-3:00 p.m. BST / 13:00-14:00 GMT.  This presentation is free and open to the general library and archives community.
EAC-CPF (EAC for short) is a communications structure (XML schema) for archival contextual information. EAC records are akin to traditional MARC authority records, while also enabling inclusion of much greater contextual information, such as biographical information about people and administrative history and functions of governmental and private organizations. The final draft EAC schema is open for comment until October 31, 2009.
Imagine EAC records as a new data source about entities that produce archival and manuscripts materials. In addition, they can provide meaningful links to related access points in many domains.  EAC’s capabilities enable important steps toward an archival component of the Semantic Web.
In this webinar, Katherine Wisser, chair of the international EAC Working Group, will introduce the EAC-CPF standard and then open the phone and chat lines for questions. Daniel Pitti, chief architect of the EAC schema, will also be online to participate in the discussion.
Please join us!  The EAC Working group needs your input. Pass this invitation on to interested colleagues.

•         Register to attend this webinar here<>.

•         Learn more about EAC, the EAC schema and the tag library here<>.

•         Contact Jennifer Schaffner<mailto:[log in to unmask]> with questions or comments.

This presentation will be recorded and made available on the OCLC Research Web site by mid-October.
If there is interest we will run another workshop for the Pacific Rim.


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