Revision of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) – Call for Comments
In February this year the Society of American Archivists charged a new subcommittee of the Standards Committee, the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description (TS-EAD), to undertake a revision of the standard within a period of 5 years.
To ensure the greatest possible input from EAD users around the world, the subcommittee has an extensive international membership and is calling for proposed changes to the current version, EAD 2002. The deadline for change proposals is 28 February 2011.
The timetable for this revision process is as follows – NB this is an indicative timetable and may be subject to change.
In completing the revision process the subcommittee will take note of the Design Principles for Enhancements to EAD published at the time of the last revision. The subcommittee will take account also of the global success of EAD and current implementation practice. It will endeavour to encourage continued adoption of EAD as a tool for the online dissemination of archival information by ensuring that EAD is as economical and straightforward as possible to implement and use.
To propose changes, please fill out the form at http://www.archivists.org/standards/ead/eadRevisions.asp. Please fill in a separate form for each change suggested, with a brief description and the rationale for the proposed change. Comments may also be sent by e-mail to [log in to unmask] and should include the information in the form.
To ensure that the revision process is as open as possible, all comments must be attributable to named individuals and affiliated organisations where appropriate. Anonymous responses will not be considered. All change proposals will be made publicly available, with attribution, in a forum to be determined. E-mail addresses are asked for so that we may contact respondents for clarification, but will not be shared.
Michael Rush (Yale University)
Bill Stockting (British Library)