Hi Jane,

I was pondering this issue a while a go but never reached a firm conclusion.  My thoughts were more inclined towards <phystech> and perhaps nesting <phystech> elements as the situation requires it.


<phystech encodinganalog="isadg(2)344"> 
<head>Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements</head> 
<p>This series contains several types of material in non-human-readable formats:</p>
	<phystech type="digital-cd-audio"><p>Audio recordings on CD</p></phystech>
	<phystech type="digital-pdf"><p>Formatted text in pdf format</p></phystech>

Note that the values of @type here are simply drawn from my head rather than any standardised list (is there one?)



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> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Distinction between analogue and digital archives in EAD
> Hi all,
> I wonder if anyone is using EAD to specify whether their 
> archives are analogue or digital, or mixed? We could use 
> <physfacet> for this, but it seems to be more about 
> appearance. <genreform> would normally be for something like 
> 'photographs' but it would not distinguish digital or 
> otherwise. Maybe <genreform type='digital'>? 
> <phystech> refer to the need for hardware/software to access 
> archives, but I'm not sure it's the right thing to use for 
> the basic fact of being digital. 
> Whilst we don't really have digital archives described on the 
> Hub at present, I think it will be useful to distinguish 
> between analogue and digital in the future. If we were going 
> to use EAD for this, I'd like to do it in the same way as 
> others are doing. 
> many thanks,
> Jane.
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