Encoded Archival Standards Section

Mission Statement

The Encoded Archival Standards Section of the Society of American Archivists is intended to promote the implementation and use of encoding standards for dissemination of archival information. To this end, we aim to provide tools and information for use in encoding archival descriptions; discuss and facilitate the use of software for markup, parsing, indexing, and delivery; and monitor and contribute to encoding standard development for archival description.


Following the creation of EAD Listserv in 1996 and the launch of the official EAD website by Library of Congress in 1996, members of the Society of American Archivists identified the need for a group to handle the more informal aspects of EAD implementation. A petition to create a Roundtable in late 1997 was approved by the Council of the Society of American Archivists. On September 4, 1998, at the SAA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, the Encoded Archival Description Roundtable was officially inaugurated.  The Roundtable was recast as the Encoded Archival Standards Section in 2017.

Recent News & Announcements

As archivists work with EAD3, new opportunities and issues have emerged. This forum will review migration resources, present the Section’s webinar and social media programs, provide an overview of Records in Context (RiC), and discuss successes and setbacks encountered as archivists continue to study and implement encoded archival standards.
The candidate slate for the Section's co-chair and steering committee member positions for 2017-2019.
The EAD3 Study Group on Conversion and Migration is pleased to announce the release of its final report, "Implementing EAD3: Conversion and Migration." This document aims to provide an overview of strategies available to migrate from EAD2002 to EAD3 and to highlight the issues most likely to complicate or completely prevent migration.
The Encoded Archival Standards Section is seeking candidates for three positions: one co-chair and two Steering Committee members.
Webinar recording and slides from the EAD3 Study Group on Discovery, highlighting recommendations from their report "Implementing EAD3: Search and Exploration".
The candidate slate for the roundtables's co-chair and steering committee member positions for 2016-2018.
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