EAD (Encoded Archival Description ; Version 2002 Official Site)

Statement on Standards Alignment


The standards maintained by the Society of American Archivists' Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) are XML-schemas based on established models developed by the International Council on Archives (ICA). Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is based on the General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)), while Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) is based on the International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (ISAAR-CPF). The current revisions to the EAD and EAC-CPF standards are being undertaken by TS-EAS based on the requirements of the Society of American Archivists' standards maintenance schedule and policies, and are not tied to ongoing development of standards by the ICA, though keeping close connections to the ICA Experts Group on Archival Description as a related standards body. For this reason, the upcoming release of EAC-CPF 2.0 will continue to be based on ISAAR-CPF rather than the draft versions of Records in Contexts (RiC). We anticipate that future versions of EAC-CPF and other standards maintained by TS-EAS will take the RiC Conceptual Model into account once it is finalized and approved.