Révision de l'EAD : appel à commentaires

L'appel à commentaires pour la révision de l'EAD a été officiellement lancé le lundi 4 octobre 2010. Des commentaires pourront être suggérés au Sous-comité technique EAD de la SAA jusqu'au 28 février 2011. Après des discussions lors de la conférence annuelle de la SAA l'été prochain, le sous-comité technique se réunira au printemps 2012 (à condition que des financements soient trouvés). Il espère ensuite publier une version beta en décembre 2012 et la nouvelle version de l'EAD à la conférence de la SAA de l'année suivante (août 2013).

Pour la France, les suggestions seront centralisées par le groupe AFNOR CG46/CN357/GE3, piloté par Claire Sibille - de Grimoüard.


Revision of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) – Call for Comments

In February this year the Society of American Archivists charged a new subcommittee of the Standards Committee, the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description (TS-EAD), to undertake a revision of the standard within a period of 5 years.

To ensure the greatest possible input from EAD users around the world, the subcommittee has an extensive international membership and is calling for proposed changes to the current version, EAD 2002. The deadline for change proposals is 28 February 2011.

The timetable for this revision process is as follows – NB this is an indicative timetable and may be subject to change.  

  • 30 September 2010: Call for comments
  • 28 February 2011: Deadline for comments
  • August 2011: Forum for discussion at SAA Annual Meeting
  • Spring 2012: Working meeting of TS-EAD (subject to funding)
  • December 2012: Release of draft schema for testing and comment
  • August 2013: Publish revised version at SAA Annual Meeting

In completing the revision process the subcommittee will take note of the Design Principles for Enhancements to EAD published at the time of the last revision. The subcommittee will take account also of the global success of EAD and current implementation practice. It will endeavour to encourage continued adoption of EAD as a tool for the online dissemination of archival information by ensuring that EAD is as economical and straightforward as possible to implement and use. 

To propose changes, please fill out the form at http://www.archivists.org/standards/ead/eadRevisions.asp. Please fill in a separate form for each change suggested, with a brief description and the rationale for the proposed change.  Comments may also be sent by e-mail to ts-ead@archivists.org and should include the information in the form.

To ensure that the revision process is as open as possible, all comments must be attributable to named individuals and affiliated organisations where appropriate.  Anonymous responses will not be considered. All change proposals will be made publicly available, with attribution, in a forum to be determined. E-mail addresses are asked for so that we may contact respondents for clarification, but will not be shared.


Michael Rush (Yale University)
Bill Stockting (British Library)

Co-chairs, TS-EAD