Dear Jaime,

I agree with Michele: it's best to inherit the archdesc/did/origination information to the c-levels and use that information in Dublin Core records per digital object. In fact that's what we have implemented in the backend of the Archives Portal Europe to be able to forward information on digital archival objects from EAD finding aids to the Europeana portal, which is using a Dublin Core based data model. I have recently showed this during a mapping conference in the Bundesarchiv in Berlin:<>.

Best regards,

Wim van Dongen

Nationaal Archief - The Netherlands

technical coordinator APEnet project<> -<>

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Verzonden: woensdag 7 december 2011 18:18
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Onderwerp: Re: Use of <origination> in <did>

<origination> is the semantically correct element to use, so I'd go with that.

You don't mention what the end use of this data is, but in cases where the entire collection (or a huge proportion of it) has the same creator, it might be possible for the c0#s in the inventory section to inherit the creator from up above in archdesc/did/origination.  Then you would only have to include an <origination> for c0#s where the creator differs, and have it override the inherited one.  Depends on how the EAD is being processed / used / massaged / whatever.  Inheritance is a powerful component of XML; it would be nice to take advantage of it and would save a lot of coding effort.


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Hi Folks,

We've been trying to set up our EAD finding aids so that they can easily map to Dublin Core for the sake of our digital projects.  We've been able to map collection-level elements with no problem, but I'm having some issues at the item level.  The materials in this case are digitized oral history interviews.

For mapping purposes, I need to somehow indicate the creator at the item level.  It appears that it is valid to include <origination label="Creator"> in the <did>.  Is anybody actually doing this?  If not, do you have another solution?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Currently the creator of each item is just part of the <unittitle> and not tagged in any additional way.

Thank you,


Jaime L. Margalotti
Senior Assistant Librarian
Special Collections Department University of Delaware Library Newark, DE  19717-5267
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