Documentation officielle de l'EAD : quelques changements

En préparation de la désormais traditionnelle réunion de la Table-Ronde EAD à la conférence annuelle de la Society of American Archivists, qui a lieu demain, des modifications ont été apportées à la répartition des informations entre le site de la Bibliothèque du Congrès et celui de la SAA.

Les modifications ont consisté principalement à nettoyer les EAD Help Pages, qui contenaient de nombreux documents obsolètes. La documentation officielle continue à se trouver sur le site de la Bibliothèque du Congrès. Les documents sur l'évolution actuelle du format et les documents pratiques (guides, feuilles de styles, programmes de conversion, etc.) se trouvent sur le site de la SAA.

The EAD Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists (EAD RT) has migrated content out of the EAD Help Pages to sever"al new locations to allow for better maintenance and delineation of "official content related to the standard, resources maintained by the community, and resources maintained by the EAD RT. Content formerly included within the EAD Help Pages has been relocated to the official EAD website hosted by the Library of Congress, the EAD Roundtable’s website, or the SAA Standards Portal.

The decision to migrate the content from the EAD Help Pages was motivated by several factors, the most notable of which was the results of a 2010 survey of the EAD RT membership. There has been continuing difficulty of maintaining the website in its current form (static HTML, CSS, and some XML/XSLT). Given SAA’s adoption of the Drupal content management system, the EAD RT leadership elected to utilize it for ease of maintenance. 

Content relating to the EAD standard itself, including introductory text, schema and DTD documentation, and tag library translations, has been migrated to the official EAD website at This website is maintained by the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress. We are continually grateful for their ongoing support of providing information about EAD.

Content relating specifically to the EAD RT, such as news, officers, meeting minutes and agendas, as well as select tools and resources maintained or hosted by the EAD RT, has been moved to the Roundtable’s website at Resources maintained or hosted by the EAD RT include the EAD Bibliography, User-Contributed Stylesheets, the EAD 1.0 to 2002 Conversion package, and the EAD Cookbook. Upon request, the EAD RT can provide hosting for stylesheets or other tools using our organizational account on Github, a source code hosting platform.

Information on implementation of EAD, including best practice guidelines, links to tools hosted by their creators, and the like, has been moved to or linked from the SAA Standards Portal at The SAA Standards Portal allows anyone with an SAA web account to submit resources to the Standards Portal. More information on the Standards Portal can be found online at

Some of the content on the EAD Help Pages was outdated or duplicated elsewhere and was not migrated. This includes some tools and helper files for earlier versions of EAD. Based on the 2010 survey of the EAD RT membership, the Roundtable’s leadership decided not to migrate the EAD Implementer listings. In that survey, the Implementer listings ranked low in terms of perceived value as well as actual use on the EAD Help Pages.

It is our hope that the newly reorganized content will continue to grow with submissions from the community. Please contact the leadership of the EAD RT if you have any questions or suggestions regarding our web content.

Mark A. Matienzo, Co-Chair (2010-2012)
Hillel Arnold, Co-Chair (2011-2013)

EAD RT Steering Committee:
Erica Boudreau
Krista Ferrante
Regine Heberlein