Encoded Archival Description

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Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is a documentary XML standard for describing archival finding aids . The Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description of the Society of American Archivists and the Library of Congress are responsible for defining EAD . A first version was developed in 1995 at the University of California, Berkeley in the form of a document type definition (DTD) for SGML . The current version (EAD3) was published in August 2015.


Since 2010, a working group ("EAD-AG") headed by the Baden-Württemberg State Archives with representatives from several state and municipal archives as well as the Marburg Archive School and with the participation of the relevant specialist committees of KLA (conference of the heads of the archives administrations of the Federal and state) and BKK (Federal Conference of Local Archives at the German Association of Cities) developed a national profile of the international standard. The reason was the establishment of the German Digital Library and the development of the archive portal-D , for which a consensus-capable EAD profile was required for the exchange of archived data. A first version of the EAD (DDB) was available in May 2012; the currently valid version 1.2 was published in February 2019.

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