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From: Catherine Mills <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: Project announcement: Social Networks and Archival Context
To: Encoded Archival Description List <[log in to unmask]>


This is a more detailed description of the project you forwarded to me
earlier - if allowed (and it should be easy to figure this out), I
think I/we should add EAC-CPF metadata for creators/collectors to our
online finding aids so that it is (potentially) harvested as part of
this project...

On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 11:08 AM, Daniel Pitti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of
> Virginia; the California Digital Library, University of California; and the
> School of Information, University of California, Berkeley are pleased to
> announce The Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project, funded by
> the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Preservation & Access,
> Research & Development Program. The two-year project will begin in May 2010.
>
> SNAC will address the ongoing challenge of transforming description of and
> improving access to primary humanities resources through the use of advanced
> technologies. The project will test the feasibility of using existing
> archival descriptions in new ways in order to enhance access to and
> understanding of cultural resources in archives, libraries, and museums.
>
> Leveraging the recently released Encoded Archival Context–Corporate Bodies,
> Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF), the SNAC Project will use digital
> technology to “unlock” descriptions of people from descriptions of their
> records and link them together in new ways. First, it will create an
> efficient open-source tool that allows archivists to separate the process of
> describing people from that of describing records, meaning that it will pave
> the way for improving the quality of description and the quantity of
> resources described. Second, it will create a prototype historical resource
> and access system which will be based on creator descriptions—linked to one
> another and to resource descriptions in archives, libraries and museums,
> online biographical and historical databases, and other diverse
> resources—thereby providing more effective access and robust historical
> context to a broad array of humanities materials.
>
> The project will derive EAC-CPF records from existing archival finding aids
> from the Library of Congress, the Online Archive of California, the
> Northwest Digital Archive, and Virginia Heritage. Derived records will be
> matched against and enhanced with data from name authority files supplied by
> the Library of Congress (Library of Congress/NACO Name Authority File),
> Getty Vocabulary Program (Union List of Artist Names), and OCLC Research
> (providing data from the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)).
>
> The SNAC collaborators will establish a project Web site in the next few
> weeks. The Web site will provide detailed information on the project as well
> as provide access to the narrative of the proposal submitted to NEH.
>
> The project collaborators wish to thank the participating institutions for
> granting access to data and permission to use them for research purposes:
>
> Finding Aids:
>
> Library of Congress (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/faid/)
>
> Online Archive of California (http://www.oac.cdlib.org/)
>
> Northwest Digital Archive (http://nwda.wsulibs.wsu.edu/)
>
> Virginia Heritage (http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/small/vhp/)
>
> Authority Records:
>
> Library of Congress/NACO Name Authority File (http://authorities.loc.gov/)
>
> The Getty Vocabulary Program Union List of Artist Names
> (http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/)
>
> Virtual International Authority File (http://viaf.org/)
>
> Finally, we would like to thank The National Endowment for the Humanities
> (http://www.neh.gov/) for funding the project.