Encoding Standards Overview

Certificate Eligibility: 
60 minutes
Tools and Services

This webcast provides a review of common standards used in archival repositories for encoding descriptive metadata, including a review the guidelines provided in Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) for the formulation of data elements, and the encoding of this information in Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF), MARC21, and BIBFRAME. Participants will consider the impact of standards on the encoding and transformation of archival metadata and its relationship to local implementation decisions.

Learning Outcomes: 
Explain the purposes of archival description
Understand the structure and components of common archival encoding standards
Understand the interaction between archival content and encoding standards
Apply principles of metadata reuse to local descriptive practice
A&D Core Competency: 
3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
5. Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials.
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