Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

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The Technical Subcommittee for Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS) of the SAA Standards Committee is responsible for overseeing the timely and ongoing intellectual and technical maintenance and development of Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). DACS is an output-neutral set of rules for describing archives, personal papers, and manuscript collections, and can be applied to all material types. DACS is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, 2nd ed. (International Congress on Archives, 1999). DACS is an SAA-approved standard; documentation on the maintenance of DACS is available through the Society of American Archivists at https://www2.archivists.org/groups/technical-subcommittee-on-describing-archives-a-content-standard-dacs/describing-archives-a-content-standard-dacs-second-

TS-DACS maintains a GitHub site to facilitate an open and transparent revision process of DACS and to document a record of all changes made to the standard. The site includes the full text of the standard and a record of all proposed and accepted revisions since March 2016. A dynamic, user-friendly version of this site is available at https://saa-ts-dacs.github.io. This site will be updated whenever changes are made to the DACS Github site.

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TS-DACS asked users to respond to five questions about proposed rights statements and provided space for open comments. One hundred and forty-five people responded to the questionnaire, and an overwhelming majority, 88.3% of respondents, support the adoption of the rights statement elements as required.
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