From: Schaffner,Jennifer [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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Subject: [archives] links to EAC-CPF webinar recordings




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Deadline for Final Draft EAC Schema Comments Extended to 15 November; EAC-CPF Webinar Recordings Available

EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context—Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 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 histories of governmental and private organizations. EAC records would complement and be linked to EAD (Encoded Archival Description) descriptions of particular archival collections. 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. Learn more about EAC, the EAC schema and the tag library.  If you haven’t already done so, please review the final draft EAC schema and provide comments by 15 November 2009. 

To provide additional information on EAC-CPF, OCLC Research, the RLG Partnership and the EAC Working Group recently held two EAC-CPF webinars in which archivists, authorities librarians, system developers and linked-data geeks discussed the draft EAC-CPF standard. In these webinars, Katherine Wisser, chair of the international EAC Working Group, introduced the EAC-CPF standard and then took questions from participants. Basil Dewhurst, Manager of Resource Discovery Services at the National Library of Australia and member of the EAC Working Group, also participated in the discussion during the 3 November webinar. Daniel Pitti, chief architect of the EAC schema, participated in the discussion of the 8 October webinar.

(The Q&A in these seminars was very good.)

Links to the streaming EAC-CPF webinar recordings are available here:

·         3 November webinar with Katherine Wisser and Basil Dewhurst

·         8 October webinar with Katherine Wisser and Daniel Pitti

Please note these are only temporary links. We will notify you when the persistent recordings are available on our Web site.

Contact Jennifer Schaffner with questions or comments.



Jennifer Schaffner

Program Officer

OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership






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