Building a Digital Map of Scholarly Archival Materials

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education is an article “Projects Aims to Build Online Hub for Archival Materials” by Jennifer Howard on the Social Networks and Archival Context Project (SNAC), which intends to help researchers “search for the names of individuals, corporate entities, or families to find ‘archival context records’ for them.”

“To work well, SNAC requires good data. Its first phase drew on thousands of finding aids—encoded with a standard known as Encoded Archival Description, or EAD—from the Library of Congress, the Northwest Digital Archives, the Online Archive of California, and Virginia Heritage. A newer standard for encoding archival information, referred to as EAC-CPF, for Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families, was then applied to those records, making them easier to find and connect.”

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