Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

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Encoded Archival Description (EAD)


EAD stands for Encoded Archival Description, and is a non-proprietary de facto standard for the encoding of finding aids for use in a networked (online) environment. Finding aids are inventories, indexes, or guides that are created by archival and manuscript repositories to provide information about specific collections. While the finding aids may vary somewhat in style, their common purpose is to provide detailed description of the content and intellectual organization of collections of archival materials. EAD allows the standardization of collection information in finding aids within and across repositories.

University of CA Berkeley and others


2002 (but currently in process)

EAD 2002

Library of Congress, State Archives of North Carolina

October 20, 2015

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