I have put together a brief survey, gathering data for two reasons:
1. I will be speaking at the upcoming Society of American Archivists annual meeting on a panel called “The Future of Finding Aids.” B ecause RLG hosts ArchiveGrid, I know a fair amount about rough proportions of archival collection description in MARC, EAD, and HTML. I know nothing about other formats (such as Word, PDF, etc) for collection descriptions, so I’m hoping to get a handle on this.
2. If it turns out that there are significant number of “other formats” this is interesting information for future development of ArchiveGrid.
The survey will only take a few minutes if you have:
- A rough idea of the number of described collections in your institution;
- A rough idea of how many of those collections are described ONLY in Word, PDF, or other formats aside from MARC, EAD, or HTML.
I will be happy to share results (although no personal data) after the survey.
Here’s the link.