Sorry - that wasn't meant to go out to the list! ---------- Forwarded message ---------- 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.