Watch this webinar recording for details about changes institutions can make to their Encoded Archival Description (EAD) practices to improve the discoverability of their materials.
The October 2013 Code4Lib Journal article "Thresholds for Discovery" reported results from an OCLC Research analysis of 120,000 Encoded Archival Description (EAD) encoded finding aids; the article also highlighted issues with current encoding practices that would inhibit access and discovery. In 2012, Princeton University's Archival Description Working Group undertook an ambitious project to upgrade their finding aids delivery system, addressing many of the issues identified in the "Thresholds" article. This webinar was a joint presentation of the OCLC Research and Princeton work, and included a discussion on steps that institutions can take both individually and collaboratively to improve their own thresholds for discovery.
This was the 14th webinar in the OCLC Research Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI) Webinar Series, the goal of which is to highlight specific innovative applications, often locally developed, that libraries, museums and archives may find effective in their own environments, as well as to teach technical staff new technologies and skills.
See the Achieving Thresholds for Discovery webinar page for more information, including links to related materials.
To learn how to move beyond the boundaries of traditional archival metadata, register to attend our Beyond EAD: Tools for Creating and Editing EAC-CPF Records and "Remixing" Archival Metadata webinar on 9 January 2014.
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