More Than Just a Name: Archival Authority Control, Creator Description, and the Development of Encoded Archival Context (EAC)

by Brown, Jesse F.

Abstract (Summary)
Encoded Archival Context (EAC) is an XML-based encoding standard for describing creators of archival records, museum items, or bibliographic units. Based closely on ISAAR(CPF), the International Council on Archives standard for archival authority records, EAC allows archival repositories to create authority records that manage the various forms of names associated with a person, corporate body, or family, much like traditional bibliographic authority records do. However, EAC also allows for the inclusion of detailed and structured descriptive information about the entity being described. Furthermore, EAC records can be linked to descriptions of archival collections, bibliographic entities, and museum items related to the entity being described. Through interviews conducted with practicing archivists involved in the initial creation of EAC, as well as with North Carolina-area archivists involved in a pilot project to implement EAC on a state-wide basis, this study focuses on how EAC will change the way archivists perform authority work and creator description, how it will affect the user experience at archives, and how it may be implemented across repositories, libraries, and museums.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Roslyn Holdzkom

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:archives cataloging standardization coding systems authority control


Date of Publication:04/11/2006

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