Any chance you’ll put up a “sandbox” version so those of us who can’t install stuff on our own due to institutional restrictions can play with it?


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Subject: xEAC, EAC-CPF publication framework, beta ready for testing

xEAC is an open-source XForms-based application for creating and managing EAC-CPF collections. The XForms backend allows editing of the XML documents in a web form, and relationships between source and target entities are maintained automatically. It is available at

I have finally gotten xEAC to a stage where I feel it is ready for wider testing (and I have updated the installation documentation). This has been a few months coming, since I had intended to release the beta shortly after MARAC in November. The xEAC documentation can be found here:


-Create, edit, publish EAC-CPF documents. Most, but not all, EAC-CPF elements are supported.
-Public user interface migrated to bootstrap 3 to support mobile devices.
-Maps and timelines for visualization of life events.
-Basic faceted search and Solr-based Atom feed in the UI.
-Export in EAC-CPF, KML, and rudimentary RDF/XML. HTML5+RDFa available in entity record pages.
-Manage semantic relationships between identities ( Target records are automatically updated with symmetrical or inverse relationships, where relevant, and relationships are expressed in the RDF output. TODO: parse relationship ontologies defined in RDF (e.g., for use in xEAC.

REST interactions

The XForms engine interacts with the following web services to import name authorities, biographical, or geographic information:

-VIAF lookup
-DBPedia import
-Geonames for modern places (placeEntry element)
-Pleiades Gazetteer of Ancient Places (placeEntry)
-Getty AAT SPARQL (occupation element) (
-SPARQL query mechanism of<> in the UI (and extensible, generalizable lookup widgets)

When the OCLC linked data service supports queries by VIAF URI, I will create a lookup widget to provide lists of related bibliographic resources.

TODO list

I aim to improve xEAC over the following months and incorporate the following:

-Finish form: Represent all EAC-CPF elements and attributes
-Test for scalability
-Interface with more APIs in the editing interface
-Improve public interface, especially searching and browsing
-Employ SPARQL endpoint for more sophisticated querying and visualization, automatically publish to SPARQL on EAC-CPF record save.
-Incorporate social network graph visualization (see SPARQL, above)
-Follow evolving best practices in RDF, support export in TEI for prosopographies ( and CIDOC-CRM.
-Interact with SNAC or international entity databases which evolve from it.

MARAC slideshow:
Prototype site: