Published on March 10, 2014
New England Archivists Spring 2013 Meeting Friday, March 22, 2013
Background on Samuel Johnson and his circle
Background on Archival Standards and EAC-CPF
ISAD (G) ISAAR (CPF) ISDF ISDIAH EAD EACCPF [EAC-F] [EAG]
EAD MARC MODS EAC-CPF MARC Authorities MADS
<eac-cpf> • <control> • <cpfDescription> <identity> <description> <relations>
Purpose: Establish name authority for the CPF entity being described. <entityType> One or more <nameEntry> or <nameEntryParallel>
Purpose: Provide structured or narrative description of the CPF entity being described.
Structured fields • <existDates> • <function> • <languageUsed> • <legalStatus> • <mandate> • <occupation> • <place> • <localDescription>
Narrative fields • <biogHist> • <generalContext> • <structureOrGenealogy>
Purpose: Establish relationships between the CPF entity being described and other CPF entities, resources, or functions <cpfRelation> <resourceRelation> <functionRelation>
Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Princeton University Library Finding Aids Duke University, Doris Duke Profile Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives, TAPER Brown University, The Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda
Harvard Library Lab • Innovation and research • Financial support • Technical support Beinecke-Houghton collaboration Why we picked Johnson
Learn Find about EAC-CPF out what a “rich” EAC-CPF record might be Explore “sharing” pieces of archival description
All hands best practices meeting with Kathy Wisser (TS-EAC chair, Simmons faculty) Three additional meetings for project planning and review Hired two 3-month, full-time interns • Brooke McManus (Houghton) • Mary Yearl (Beinecke)
78 researched and hand-coded EAC-CPF records Best practices documentation • Encoding best practices expressed as a Schematron schema
SIDEBAR XML Schema ... expresses constraints on the structure and content of valid EAC-CPF documents (above and beyond the basic constraints imposed by XML itself) XML Schematron schema ... expresses additional constraints beyond those of the schema, allowing for “local practice” validation rules
78 researched and hand-coded EAC-CPF records Best practices documentation • Encoding best practices expressed as a Schematron schema • Descriptive best practices documented in a (now public) wiki Local SNAC software installation
Hard to manage this relational work in a document-based environment Hard to know when and where to stop Handcrafting: worth the time and effort? The promise of Linked Open Data Need for shared vocabulary to express relationships
Need for tools Collaboration was easier than expected (except for distance and communication) Lack of tradition in this descriptive practice made it easier Compatible institutions, collections, and goals made it easy
Kings are both persons and corporate bodies A cat is a person
How will EAD and EAC-CPF interact? How will EAC-CPF be maintained and shared? What will happen at the national level? • National Archival Authorities Cooperative
Local • Yale: Plans to implement EAC-CPF as part of finding aid database redesign • Harvard: Discussing potential implementation Shared • Develop RDF vocabulary for relations • Exploring and supporting tool development ArchivesSpace , xEAC International • Conceptual model for archival description • EAC-Functions • Encoded Archival Guide
Susan Pyzynski firstname.lastname@example.org Melanie Wisner email@example.com Ellen Doon firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Rush email@example.com / @mike_rush
Experimental Relations: Using Samuel Johnson to Learn ... Using EAC-CPF to Reunite Samuel Johnson ... Experimental Relations: Using Samuel Johnson to ...
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... Emphasis on relations • With ... Using Samuel Johnson to Learn EAC-CPF Comments. ... Using EAC-CPF. Third Time's the ...
Tracing Johnson’s Circle: ... experimental project to test-drive ... Using EAC-CPF to Reunite Samuel Johnson with His Circle,” emphasized the linking ...
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Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management; Type: Private business school: Established: 1946: Endowment: $209 million  Dean: Soumitra Dutta
Samuel Johnson (October 14, 1696 ... using Johnson's "new system of morality" and ... his son William Samuel returned home from London to Johnson's "great ...
Johnson, Preface to the Dictionary From Samuel Johnson, ... these words are hourly shifting their relations, ...