[Apologies for cross-posting.]

In 2017 the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Description (TS-EAS)
of the Society of American Archivists agreed to undertake a revision of the
standard EAC-CPF.

The revision follows a two-tier strategy, starting with a technical update
that includes minor enhancements and a general clean-up. This will be
followed by a major overhaul of the standard and a reconciliation with
EAD3. The updated schema will be backwards compatible as long as the
attribute @accuracy isn’t used and values of @xml:id attributes are unique.

The TS-EAS is calling for comments on the first set of changes, which are
reflected in the updated schema files
cpf.xsd & cpf.rng, available at GitHub. Please send feedback and comments
by e-mail to Silke Jagodzinski ([log in to unmask]).
Particularly, feedback on the usage of the attribute @accuracy and the
usage of the provided RNG schema file is very welcome. To ensure that the
revision process is as open as possible, all comments must be attributable
to named individuals and affiliated organisations where appropriate.
Anonymous responses will not be considered. All change proposals will be
made publicly available, with attribution, through the GitHub Portal as
established during the EAD revision process. E-mail addresses are requested
so that we may contact respondents for clarification, but will not be

This update solves 16 issues, which can be viewed in full in GitHub
<>. The changes

   - relaxed data types for the elements <preferredForm> and
   - made the elements <languageDeclaration>, <agencyName>,
   <eventDescription>, <sourceEntry>, <placeEntry> within <relations>-Elements
   - added the value ‘unknown’ to the attributes @eventType and @agentType
   - added restricted content to the elements <publicationStatus> and
   - added the new optional element <rightsdeclaration> with child elements
   to <control>, as in EAD 3
   - added the optional attribute @localType to the elements <fromDate> and
   - removed maximum year 2999 from the attributes @standardDate and
   - corrected the typo in the attribute @accuracy
   - corrected data type for xml:id in eac.rng schema file

This call for comments is open for 2 month, and ends on 31 October 2018.

Silke Jagodzinski (Bundesarchiv), EAC-CPF Team Lead
Kathy Wisser (Simmons College), TS-EAS Co-chair