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Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families – EAC-CPF – is an XML-Schema for the International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 2nd Edition, 2003. It is used closely in association with Encoded Archival Description (EAD), an XML-Schema for encoding archival finding aids, but not limited to it.

In 2011 EAC-CPF became an adopted standard of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). A Technical Subcommittee (TS-EAC-CPF) was established under the SAA’s Standards Committee. In 2015 the Technical Subcommittees on EAD and EAC-CPF were merged to form the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS), responsible for the ongoing maintenance of EAD and EAC-CPF.

The first major revision of EAC-CPF started in 2017 and was approved and released in 2022 as EAC-CPF 2.0. The standard is compliant with ISAAR(CPF) and closely related to EAD3. See the section on EAC-CPF 2.0 background for more details regarding the revision process.

This website informs about the EAC-CPF Schema, its background, context, and use. Questions or remarks concerning this standard can be send to the EAD-Mailinglist.