I'll be hosting a session on the EAD at the upcoming conference of the
Museum Computer Network (MCN) in October (I've included the blurb below if
you're curious). But my question for the group is this: does anyone know a
good translation of the phrase "Encoded Archival Description" into French?

Since the conference is in Ottowa, Canada, they are making the program
available in both English and French, and need a translation of EAD for
this program. If you know of one (or other advice on how we should phrase
it in French) please let me know. They have the blurb's full text
translated fine, but want to get the "official" name of the DTD correct if
there is an official French name at this point.

Thanks very much,

Richard Rinehart              | Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
Systems Manager & Education   | University of California
Technology Specialist         | 2625 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94720-2250
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MCN Conference 96 <>
session blurb
Access to Collections in Context: the EAD in Museums & Archives

Panel discussion/presentation:
Moderator and panelist: Richard Rinehart, Information Systems Manager,
UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Chair, MCN Standards SIG.
Other panelists: Anne J. Gilliland-Swetland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Library & Information Science
University of California at Los Angeles, EAD Working Group, Society of
American Archivists; ......

The Encoded Archival Description (an implementation of SGML) is being used
by the archival and museum communities to provide collection-level access
to collections along with object-level access. This has technical
implications for integrating detailed and contextual information, but more
importantly has the potential to enhance intellectual and educational
access, since a museum's collections can be delivered in an envelope of
history and ideas, which compliments the specific object information. This
method uses the SGML standard which helps ensure the longevity of
collections information, as well as sharing of that information with larger
information structures (i.e. Library of Congress systems). The EAD can be
used to compliment a collections database, or as a starting point for
museums which don't yet have complete item cataloging, but want to provide
broad access to their collections. It is especially suited to represent
hard-to-catalog collections, such as conceptual art collections, or
collections which include objects and manuscripts - collections that demand
a context to be understood. Lastly, the EAD demonstrates a successful
collaboration and sharing of methods between the library, archive, and
museum communities. The panelists will discuss how their organizations are
using or developing the EAD, and what the benefits and obstacles are.