Search Features and Other Characteristics of XML Retrieval Systems for EAD Finding Aids: A Content Analysis

by Huffman, Noah G.

Abstract (Summary)
To date, most studies of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) have considered issues surrounding its development as a standard or its implementation at specific repositories. Few studies have examined the features and functionality of EAD retrieval systems. This study provides a content analysis of 33 XML-based EAD retrieval interfaces, with particular emphasis on search features offered, how search results are configured, how finding aids are displayed, and the types browse options offered. Findings of this research indicate that few EAD retrieval systems provide the kind of sophisticated searching and browsing features that early proponents of EAD promised. As an analysis of the current state of access to EAD finding aids, this research provides a foundation for much-needed research on the usability of EAD retrieval systems.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Katherine M. Wisser

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:encoded archival description ead archives information retrieval xml user interfaces manuscripts special collections cataloging finding aids systems


Date of Publication:04/07/2008

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