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Other Web Sites Related to EAD
The following Web sites are for activities related to the EAD, its usage and
development, and deployment of EAD encoded finding aids over the Web.
Fred: The SGML Grammar Builder (OCLC)
Fred is an ongoing research project at OCLC Online Computer Library Center,
Inc., to study the manipulation of tagged text. It is a grammar builder that
can automatically build a DTD from tagged text, whether that text adheres to
any existing DTD or not. It includes a translation language that allows direct
mappings based on tag names, attributes, and structure. Some repositories,
such as Duke University, have experimented with using Fred to translate on-the-fly
their EAD SGML finding aids into HTML for distribution over the Web.
Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (TEI P3)
The text of the Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange is
made available by the Humanities Text Initiative at the University of Michigan.
TEI, the "Text Encoding Initiative," is a DTD that grew out of a planning
conference sponsored by the Association for Computers and the Humanities
(ACH). The conference
was funded by the United States National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
and held at Vassar College in November 1987. Thirty representatives of
text archives, scholarly societies, and research projects met to discuss
of a standard encoding scheme and to make recommendations for its scope,
structure, content, and drafting. During the conference, the Association
Linguistics and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing agreed
to join ACH as sponsors of a project to develop the Guidelines.
The TEI DTD was written largely with a focus on text capture (i.e. the
in electronic form of an already existing copy text in another medium)
rather than text creation (where no such copy text exists), however, it
equally applicable to text creation, and the two terms "text creation" and "text
capture" are often used interchangeably in the Guidelines.
Repositories of Primary Sources (University of Idaho Library)
Provides links to more than 3,300 Web sites describing holdings of manuscripts,
archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary resources throughout
the world. Some of these sites include finding aids via gopher and WAIS, telnet,
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (Library of Congress)
In addition to information about the NUCMC program and Library of Congress
resources, this page contains information on archival education, professional
organizations, grants, scholarships and employment, preservation, standards,
and links to archives and manuscript repositories throughout the United States.
It also provides a Z39.50 gateway to the RLIN AMC file.
Society of American Archivists (SAA)
The Society of American Archivists (SAA), with the Library of Congress, serves
as the maintenance agency for the EAD DTD, and much work on its development
was done by SAA's Committee on Archival Information Exchange EAD Working Group.
Since September 1997, SAA has offered two-day EAD workshops throughout the
year at a variety of sites; current information on scheduled workshops will
be found at the SAA site.
The EAD Roundtable of SAA, which first met in September 1998, is intended
to promote the implementation and use of the EAD DTD for dissemination of archival
information. To this end, it aims to put persons in touch with appropriate
information concerning converting existing archival finding aids to EAD format,
use of software for markup, parsing, indexing, and document delivery, and the
current status of EAD development. Their Web site maintains a list of EAD implementors
annotated with information about delivery methods, encoding schemes, contact
information, and RLG participation; this list supplements the official list
of EAD implementors maintained at the Library of Congress. The SAA Roundtable
site also provides links to readings on SGML/XML, to tools and helper files,
and provides information on conversion and general help.