Using the open archives initiative protocols with EAD

Christopher J. Prom, Thomas G. Habing

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The Open Archives Initiative Protocols present a promising opportunity to make metadata about archives, manuscript collections, and cultural heritage resources easier to locate and search. However, several technical barriers must be overcome before useful OAI records can be produced from the disparate metadata formats used to describe these resources. This paper examines Encoded Archival Description (EAD) as a test case of the issues to be addressed in transforming cultural heritage metadata to OAI. While EAD and OAI may appear to be incompatible, a mapping would be both useful and technically feasible. The authors suggest that it will be necessary to create numerous OAI records from one EAD file. In addition, the findings indicate that further standardization of EAD markup practices would enhance interoperability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2002
EventProceedings of the Second ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jul 14 2002Jul 18 2002


OtherProceedings of the Second ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR


  • Encoded archival description
  • Interoperability
  • Open archives initiative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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