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University of California Guidelines for Born-Digital Archival Description 

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Guidelines that provide recommendations for describing born-digital content in an archival finding aid. The recommendations use 12 standard elements such as Scope and Content, Processing Information, and Organization and Arrangement.
Recommendations include: guidance on determining an appropriate level and method of description of born-digital components; a minimum standard requirement for finding aids created within in the UC system; a metadata crosswalk to map the elements described in these guidelines to their relevant counterparts in DACS, EAD3, ArchivesSpace, MARC, RDA, and ISAD(G); a comprehensive controlled vocabulary for born-digital source media and for other relevant born-digital terms; and a s ample finding aid.
Guidelines will be implemented on a system-wide basis at the University of California in 2018.

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Document Creating / Publishing Body: Working group of University of California digital archivists

Date of Creation: 2017

Other Notes: To learn more about the background, development, and working method used to create the UC Guidelines for Born-Digital Archival Description, visit:

Topics: Case Study, File Naming

Associated SERP Framework Element: Governance

States: California

Date Resource Added/Modified: December 12, 2017


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