Conferencia Europea sobre EAD, EAC y METS

3ª Conferencia Europea sobre EAD, EAC y METSEsta semana se está celebrando en Berlín la 3ª Conferencia Europea sobre EAD, EAC y METS y comienza a moverse la archiblogosfera. No es suficiente consuelo para quienes hubiésemos querido asistir y no hemos podido, pero sirve para hacernos una idea de lo que allí se está tratando, así que seguiremos atentos a futuras anotaciones sobre el evento.

En Pour les formats ouverts ! podemos meternos en harina y saber algo más sobre lo qué allí se está haciendo. Pero de momento sólo han escrito desde la Conferencia en el Archives Hub Blog, donde nos dicen que ayer se habló de EAD -como sabíamos por el programa– y hoy le tocaba el turno a EAC; y nos enteramos de que

Al parecer ha habido quejas acerca de la complejidad del estándar, y Daniel [Pitti] pidió más detalles sobre este problema, ya que están a punto de comenzar los trabajos para reconstruirlo “de abajo a arriba”. [Traducción bastante libre]

Además, recoge una frase de Daniel Pitti que me parece genial:

it doesn’t matter what you do in the privacy of your own repository, but if you’re going outside, please dress up in a standard

Ahora que se habla de la escasez de colaboraciones en los blogs, voy a intentar que alguien cuente algo más sobre/desde la Conferencia en @rchivista… A ver si así logramos salir a flote de ese mar de siglas en que se ha convertido la normalización en los archivos.

Actualización (27/04/2007): además del comentario que nos dejó ayer, Amanda Hill escribe hoy una genial reseña sobre la jornada del día 26 en el Archives Hub Blog, del que me ha llamado especialmente la atención un párrafo:

The final session was a panel discussion about a proposed new European gateway to archives. This was interesting. It seems to be a response from European national archivists to The European Library […]. The archive gateway’s scope seems unclear at present and there does not appear to have been any attempt at establishing whether there is public demand for such a system. A seven-year timescale was mentioned, but no funding has yet been secured and the scope seems potentially limitless. I don’t feel that the European archive world has the building blocks in place for such a project yet (unlike the national libraries). But if the project were to focus on making it possible to create those building blocks, then that would be a good place to start. Something like the Spanish project [se refiere al Censo Guía] might be a sensible target for an initial project.

Nueva actualización (3/5/2007) : la buscada colaboración ya es un hecho con el post de Abelardo Santamaría, I-EI-DI, I-EI-SI, I-EI-YI (sólo el título promete).
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5 thoughts on “Conferencia Europea sobre EAD, EAC y METS

  1. I’m sorry that you weren’t able to come to the conference. The first day contained a lot of overviews: of the EAD standard and its history and of the many projects under way in France that are making use of the standard. Hubert Wajs described the particular problems that are being faced with multi-lingual legacy finding aids in Poland, then Petra Rauschenbach’s talk described a major retroconversion project of index cards that has been undertaken by the Bundesarchiv.

    This morning mostly seemed to be about persuading us all to use EAC. There are perfectly good reasons for separating out the contextual information about record creators from the descriptions of the records, but adoption of this standard is very limited in comparison to EAD. Perhaps the revision of the standard will help. I certainly think that we could look at using EAC alongside EAD in the Archives Hub in the future. The outputs of the <daofind +> project looked very impressive and are open source, so could provide building-blocks for other systems to use.

    In the afternoon we were given overviews of METS, with information on how it can be used in digital preservation and digitisation projects. Again, the <daofind +> project was demonstrated in this context.

    Of course the things I can’t easily describe are the interesting conversations that happen in the coffee breaks (or the wonderful German cakes). I hope you’ll be able to get to the next conference. I think that the slides will be made available online after the conference, if that’s any consolation!

  2. (Sorry for my English). Thank you very much for your comment, Amanda. I’ll wait for the slides… What else can I do? ;-)
    I suppose that everybody agrees to separate out the contextual information from the units of description to authority records, and EAC has to be the tool for spread, presentation, exchange… of this contextual information. We have to work on it.
    Thank you again, and enjoy the German cakes (and beer)!

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