Title

The Endangerment of Trees: A Provocative Look at the Future of the Finding Aid

Meeting name

EAD@10

Meeting location

San Francisco, CA

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-31-2008

Description

The author contemplates the future of the archival finding aid on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Encoded Archival Description, a standard for encoding archival finding aids for use in an online environment. The author posits that standards for multi-level, hierarchical description in archival finding aids may conflict with how web search engines index finding aids as well as the requirements for describing digital-born materials of the future.

Keywords

Archival description; Cataloging of archival materials; EAD; Encoded Archival Description (Document type definition); Finding aids; Information organization; Internet searching; Search engine optimization; Search engines

Disciplines

Archival Science | Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science