For today's project, we'll use EAD to mark up a finding aid for the Clarence Edmund Edmondson documents. The document we create will be based on the EAD template created by IU Archives, which is made using the EAD 2002 standard. As we work on marking up the finding aid for the Edmondson documents, we'll learn more about the various elements included in an EAD document and how they're used.
Getting ready to author an EAD document
Before working on an EAD document, it can be helpful to have the following things on hand ahead of time to make the editing process go more smoothly:
- A copy of the appropriate EAD schema (or a link to where the schema document is hosted) for the version of EAD you're working with, so you can validate your work as you go. Following are links to the EAD 2002 and EAD3 schemas, in the XML Schema Language format:
- A copy of the element list to refer to, so you can look up what specific elements and attributes are used for.
- Text content of the finding aid you're encoding, if possible, so you can copy/paste the relevant information into your EAD document as you go.
It's okay to look at existing EAD documents to help you out while building your own! Additionally, institutions may have their own EAD templates that you can use when creating EAD documents, or you can make your own EAD template with the elements needed to mark up multiple similar archives — so long as you understand what information goes in each element/attribute, you'll be good to go.
EADiva's element lists and the EAD 2002 Tag Library can be helpful when encountering an unfamiliar element, or when you need a refresher on what attributes an element can use. EAD is composed of many different elements and attributes, and it's impossible (or at the very least impractical) to memorize them all - so don't be afraid to rely on those resources. We'll be referencing EADiva's element list for EAD 2002 multiple times in the materials for today's session.
With these resources at hand, we're ready to set up our editing environment and start creating our EAD document.