Be part of forming the new version of EAD

Call for comments on the Encoded Archival Description

The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) calls for comments to improve the Encoded Archival Description (EAD). After a general assessment phase during the first half of 2021, TS-EAS wants to hear from EAD users of all types – single users, institutions with archival holdings, consortia and aggregators, software developers working on systems that support exporting to EAD-XML, etc. – what they are missing in the current version of EAD and what they would like to see in a future version of the standard.

Information about the current EAD can be found on the standard’s homepage at and input can be provided in two possible ways:

Feedback will ideally be as precise as possible, including examples to illustrate the suggestions and requests, and making sure to provide contact details, so that TS-EAS can check in on any additional information needed. Comments will ideally be formulated in English.

The call for comments is open until 28 February 2022 and TS-EAS are looking forward to the community’s feedback and proposals.

Call for reviewers – Records in Context

The Expert Group on Archival Description (EGAD) of the International Council on Archives (ICA) is working on the development of the Records in Contexts Ontology (RiC-O), which will be the second part of the RiC standard.

The ontology has reached some quite consistent state; a former version of it, dated February 2018, has been used for a French archival Linked Data prototype. In France, some larger projects are now beginning to use RiC-O as one of the main reference models for creating RDF datasets from some existing archival metadata.

At this stage, the ontology is ready to be tested. The sharing the RiC-O files with a greater number of persons may both help them to begin to think of some small to large scale RiC-O implementation and use that would suit their needs and context, and help EGAD to improve the quality of the ontology.

If you are interested to access the RiC-O files, please fill in the form made available for registration. The call is open until 15 March 2019, and feedback will be accepted until 30 April 2019.