Eric, here are the details for joining the list:

Date:         Thu, 17 Apr 1997 15:14:14 -0400
From: "L-Soft list server at Library of Congress (1.8b)"
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Subject:      Usage guidelines for EAD
To: Rich Fuchs <[log in to unmask]>
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                            WELCOME TO EAD
                 The Encoded Archival Description Forum

The EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Forum is an unmoderated electronic mail
posting service created to facilitate the exchange of information about the
SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) DTD (Document Type Definition)
being developed for archival finding aids.  Developers and implementers of the
EAD DTD are welcome to join the forum and share their ideas and experiences
with using SGML for finding aids.  SGML is based on document structure and an
encoding syntax defined in ISO 8879, the international standard for encoding
electronic documents.  SGML was selected as the basis for creating encoded
(electronic) finding aids since it represents a key component in electronic
documentation worldwide, particularly via the Internet.  As a non-proprietary
standard, SGML and the EAD implementation of it, should allow different
producers of archival finding aids to share in electronic form documentation
and information about the collections they describe.

The EAD Forum is operated by the Library of Congress, Network Development and
MARC Standards Office, which has agreed to serve as the maintenance agency for
the EAD DTD.  This electronic forum makes use of UNIX software available 24
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-- Rich Fuchs [log in to unmask] (Research Libraries Group)