Achieving Thresholds for Discovery: Addressing Issues with EAD to Increase Discovery and Access Webinar

This webinar provides information about the changes institutions can make to their Encoded Archival Description (EAD) practices to improve the discoverability of their materials. Tweet: #oclcr

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Merrilee Proffitt
Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

Bruce Washburn
Consulting Software Engineer, OCLC Research

Dan Santamaria
Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, Princeton University


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.

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05 December 2013


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]


Online via WebEx


Quick links:

"Thresholds for Discovery: EAD Tag Analysis in ArchiveGrid, and Implications for Discovery Systems" article in Code4Lib Journal (Issue 22) [link]

OCLC Research TAI CHI Webinar Series [link]

OCLC Research YouTube Channel [link]

OCLC Research Webinars in iTunes [link]