Welcome to the EAC-CPF Homepage

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.

Since August 2016 a TS-EAS working group has been discussing questions and issues regarding EAC-CPF which came up in different projects implementing the standard and during the revision process of EAD 2002 to EAD3. Feedback was provided by partners from all over the world. TS-EAS decided in favor of a two-tier EAC-CPF revision strategy: Firstly, a minor update of the EAC-CPF XML-schema to serve the needs of users who have already implemented it by the end of 2018. Secondly, TS-EAS will then begin with discussing rather general issues which will result in a major update of EAC-CPF.

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.

For additional information about the history of the development of the EAC-CPF standard, we have compiled a more detailed overview here.