The Library of Congress is pleased to announce that EAD3 versions of its archival finding aids are now available for download from the Library’s findingaids.loc.gov website. Over the past several months, the Library undertook a thorough study of the EAD3 version 1.0 revision to the EAD standard. A project is currently underway to upgrade both the backend finding aids web publishing application and various toolkits used for EAD3 document creation at the Library. The EAD3 versions of existing finding aids are available from the Finding Aids (XML) by LC Location pages as well as from the Print/Download tab of each finding aid (with the label: “EAD3 Schema”).
Findingaids.loc.gov supports discovery, display, and download of more than 2,450 LC finding aids, controlling over more than 67 million Library archival collection items from 14 reading rooms. EAD finding aids also provide access to more than 70 digitized archival collections, with folder-level links between EAD contents lists and digital object presentations. The Library was one of the earliest implementers of Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and serves as the maintenance agency in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists for this international standard.