Using Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

With information from Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002, by the Society of American Archivists


This chapter contains brief information on finding aids and their importance to the cultural heritage community, and describes the history and development of the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) metadata language. The chapter provides information on the structural basis of the EAD scheme, definitions for selected individual elements within the scheme, and guidance in the use of the selected elements for metadata creation. The chapter includes an example of an EAD metadata record, exercises allowing the reader to create EAD metadata, and examples of metadata that could be produced ...

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