Recommended Tools and Resources

This page contains links to tools and resources, such as EAD validators, free XML editing software, convertors, web applications, and other material recommended by the EAS Section. EAS cannot provide support for the tools and resources that it does not host or maintain, which includes most of the content listed below -- excluding some of the items listed under "Legacy EAS Resources." Please contact  to request any additions to this page.

Validation Tools

EAS Validator
The EAS Validator is a free online EAS validation tool maintained by the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS). The validator works with EAD Version 2002, EAD3, and EAC-CPF (versions 1, 1.1, and draft 2).

Archives Portal Europe's Data Preparation Tool (DPT) manual
While developed for local, off-line preparation of data for publication in the Archives Portal Europe, the Data Preparation Tool (DPT) also works as a general means to validate data against EAD 2002 (DTD and XSD), EAD3, EAC-CPF, and EAG 2012. It furthermore is possible to use the tool with your own stylesheets and schemas to convert and validate. The DPT is a Java-based tool with interface in Dutch, English, French, German, and Greek.

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek Data Prepation Tool
The DDB Data Preparation Tool is an open source application for the preparation of data in EAD format for ingest in the German Digital Library and the Archives Portal Germany (Archivportal-D. The DDB DPT uses Python to validate archival XML files.

Conversion Tools

Steady is a free web application for converting spreadsheets to EAD 2002.

MarcEdit is a metadata editing software suite used primarily to create and manipulate MARC records. MarcEdit can be used to quickly convert between various encoding standards, including MARCXML to MARC, EAD to HTML, and EAD to MARC.

EAD to TSV transformer
The "ead-numbered-components_to_tsv" is an XSLT file for transforming an EAD file with numbered components into a TSV file listing all of the components of a collection's description. This transformation is useful for getting all of the Archival Object/component/container records from a collection's EAD file into a spreadsheet. Then the spreadsheet can be used for batch editing and cleanup of archival data.

XML Editors and Reference

EADitor is an open source, XForms-based editing and publication tool for Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids.

EADiva, created and maintained by Ruth Kitchin Tillman, is a user-friendly site and tag library for people who are learning EAD or who simply need an easy-to-understand EAD reference.

Notepad++ is a free source code editor that is useful for editing and validating XML files. Download and install the XML Tools plugin for a set of useful tools for editing XML with Notepad++.

Legacy EAS Resources

EAS has had limited roles in hosting and/or maintaining the resources listed in this section. Most of the legacy resources listed below have not been updated for some time or have had significant gaps between updates.

EAD Bibliography
The EAD Bibliography attempts to be a comprehensive list of published works on Encoded Archival Description and its use. The bibliography was generated largely from the Library Literature (WilsonWeb) and Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA – EBSCOhost) databases. It does not include EAD technical documentation or web pages. The bibliography is maintained as a public group bibliography using the open source Zotero citation management software. Please contact to request any additions to the bibliography.

EAD Starter Kit, Example Files, and Stylesheets
The EAS Section maintains a GitHub repository containing an EAD starter kit, example EAD specimens and files that can be used for testing and pedagogical purposes, and various stylesheets for transforming or converting EAD. Information on using Github can be found on the site's extensive help pages.

EAD Cookbook
This package, originally maintained by Michael Fox, provides encoding guidelines, stylesheets, and software tools to work with EAD. Versions of the cookbook for both EAD 1.0 and EAD 2002 are available. NOTE: The EAS Section cannot provide support for this package. The EAD Cookbook is available in a GitHub repository. Information on using Github can be found on the site's extensive help pages.