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 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 (EGAD) 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. We anticipate that future versions of EAC-CPF and other standards maintained by TS-EAS will take the Records in Contexts – Conceptual Model (RiC-CM) into account once it is finalized and approved.
International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (ISAAR(CPF))
ISAAR(CPF) is a descriptive standard for descriptions of agent entities (corporate bodies, persons and families) associated with the creation and maintenance of archives. ISAAR(CPF) is maintained by the ICA.
Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
EAD is an XML standard for encoding archival finding aids, maintained by the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards of the Society of American Archivists, in partnership with the Library of Congress.
Encoded Archival Guide (EAG)
EAG is an XML standard for encoding data about archives and related organizations. EAG is maintained by the Archives Portal Europe Foundation and its Working Group on Standards (WGoS). The development of EAG is coordinated in close cooperation with the TS-EAS, which is responsible for EAD and EAC-CPF.
The international community of cultural heritage organizations is working on a broad set of diverse standards to meet the challenges of the digital age. Established standards concerning digitization and metadata are maintained by the Library of Congress.
Records in Contexts – Conceptual Model (RiC-CM)
RiC-CM is a high-level conceptual model that focuses on intellectually identifying and describing records, the people that created and use(d) them, and the activities pursued by the people that the records both facilitate and document. RiC-CM is maintained by the ICA.