My apologies if my question didn't make sense. I'm speaking as a cataloger, not a coder. :) Basically we have some of our finding aids as just plain old HTML pages, like this one: http://www.chipublib.org/cplbooksmovies/cplarchive/archivalcoll/abbott_seng1.php. The choices presented by TPTB were to continue adding HTML finding aid pages to our web site (which will soon be run by BiblioCommons) or to mark them up using EAD and upload them into CONTENTdm and make them part of our digital collections. I suspect the finding aids in question are those that exist in paper format, not those that are already on our web site.
It's not really an either-or kind of thing. I thought if the finding aids were marked up in EAD they would be more computer-actionable.
Electronic Resources Cataloger
Technical Services/Catalog Department
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
P: (312) 747-4660
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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matthew Sherman
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] EAD vs. HTML for finding aids
EAD is just a metadata schema, which can be made to be read via html web pages though xslt, or some scripting that pulls out the relevant field data and makes it displayed nicer, usually in an HTML wrapper. So I guess it would be helpful if you could elaborate on your question a bit more so we can give you some useful feedback.
On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM, Rachel Shaevel <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Hello friendly Borg,
> Does anyone have anything thoughts about using EAD for finding aids vs.
> HTML? Or are both going the way of the dinosaurs?
> Rachel Shaevel
> Electronic Resources Cataloger
> Technical Services/Catalog Department
> Chicago Public Library
> Harold Washington Library Center
> 400 S. State St.
> Chicago, IL 60605
> P: (312) 747-4660
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