Our paper on obstacles that archivists experience with adopting Encoded Archival Description (and how to get around them) is out!
We are holding a webinar for the RLG Partnership tomorrow and I’ll share the link of the recorded session later.
The paper covers both “social” and “technical” barriers to implementation, and also gives suggestions for how to get around them. This is not a “how to” manual and it is not meant to be read all the way through (although I’m not going to stop you if you want to do that!). The paper is a collection of tips and tricks, and is as much about attitude adjustment as anything else.
Some high level thoughts:
- EAD is 12 years old, but still has not reached the point of industrialization. There are others laboring in the same fields that you are and this paper is chock full of links to existing tools. So many that you should not need to invent your own! Use what’s out there rather than reinventing the wheel (or the stylesheet).
- The paper makes much of consortia, and indeed, these organizations play a vital role in the creation and dissemination of EAD encoded finding aids. Many of these organizations are at risk, or could be at risk. We all are stakeholders in their continued existence.
- I was surprised that I couldn’t find any high level talking points to “sell” EAD. We came up with some. Use them.
- There are many barriers that can be bridged, but the standard is complicated and should be rethought, and fortunately there’s a call for the EAD Working Group to do just that.
Many thanks (and congratulations!) go to my co-authors: Michele Combs, Mark Matienzo, and Lisa Spiro. We look forward to your comments.