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.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager andprovides project management skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.