I'm pleased to announce a new, much overdue, EADitor beta, .1105. 

EADitor is an XForms framework for the creation and editing of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids using Orbeon, an enterprise-level XForms Java application, which runs in Apache Tomcat.  Although the web form is certainly the most important aspect of the application since it can be integrated with existing content management and dissemination systems, EADitor also includes an easily customizable public interface for searching, sorting, and browsing collections of finding aids. This enables institutions to use a single application for content creation and publication.

* Create and edit EAD finding aids adhering to the EAD 2002 schema (elements are represented at almost every level in the finding aid, with the notable exception of mixed content at the paragraph level).
* Import EAD 2002 schema or DTD-compliant finding aids into EADitor
* An administrative user interface for publishing/unpublishing finding aids
* Simple component reordering interface
* Controlled vocabulary integration with auto-suggest, including LCSH terms and local vocabularies in subject, persname, famname, corpname, geogname, and genreform.  Languages refer to controlled vocabulary also.
* Set default templates for the EAD core and components
* A form for setting agency codes
* Public interface for searching, browsing, and viewing finding aids (based on Solr).
* Atom feed for published finding aids

EADitor is still a work in progress, but will advance more consistently now that it is officially supported by the American Numismatic Society.  Ultimately, I would like to integrate other controlled vocabulary services.  One of the most important issues to address moving forward is better documentation.


EADitor project site (Google Code): http://code.google.com/p/eaditor/
Installation instructions (specific for Ubuntu but broadly applies to all Unix-based systems): http://code.google.com/p/eaditor/wiki/UbuntuInstallation
Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/eaditor
EADitor blog (will be the primary medium for providing information and progress on the project): http://eaditor.blogspot.com/