Hi Jay,

I haven't worked with born digital collections per se, but have worked with
numerous theoretical applications of EAD outside the traditional archival
finding aid context.  I think in your case, you should conceive of the
components within the <dsc> as a conceptual organization.  Your <archdesc>
describes your collection.  Your top level <c> elements describe series.
Series contain subseries (if applicable).  Subseries contain items.  EAD is
easily adaptable to describing collections of images or electronic
documents.  Box/Folder is simply a container.  It makes more sense, from the
standpoint of a patron, to browse a collection that is organized on semantic
concepts rather than literal physical containers, especially for one that is
born digital.  I would suggest sticking to the EAD 2002 schema for the

Ethan Gruber

On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 5:55 PM, Jay Burton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I am writing to learn of others' experience in creating EADs for materials
> and collections that are "born digital."
> In particular:
> 1-  How do you arrange your <dsc>? (Do you impose a Box/Folder structure on
> the material or do you have some other organization?)
> 2-  How are you setting up your <dao> and/or <daogrp> links to the digital
> documents?
> 3-  If anyone would be willing to share a basic EAD schema showing their
> approach to "born digital" materials.
> Thank you for your help,
> Jay Burton