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Preliminary Reading List

Designing Archival Description Systems


Preliminary Advices

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NB: If you have limited time, the essential reading is marked with an asterisk.

I. International Council of Archives Standards

* ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (Second Edition: 2000)

* ISAAR(CPF): International Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (Second Edition: 2003)

* ISDF: International Standard for Describing Functions (First Edition: 2007)

* ISDIAH: International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings (First Edition: 2007)

II. Markup, Database, and Modeling Technologies

* Ronald Bourret. XML and Databases (Last update 2005)

* XML and Databases (Chapter One in XML for DB2 Information Integration (IBM Redbooks))

III. Archival Theory and Practice

Adrian Cunningham. “Harnessing the Power of Provenance in Archival Description: An Australian Perspective on the Development of the Second Edition of ISAAR(CPF)” in Journal of Archival Organization (New York: Haworth), Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2 2007.

Daniel Pitti. “Technology and the Transformation of Archival Description” in Encoding Across Frontiers: Proceedings of the European Conference on Encoded Archival Description and Context (EAD and EAC), Paris, France, 7-8 October 2004 (New York: Haworth, 2005). Co-published simultaneously as Journal of Archival Organization (New York: Haworth), Vol. 3, Nos. 12/3 2005.

Peter Scott, “The Record Group Concept: A Case for Abandonment” AMERICAN ARCHIVIST 29:493-504 (October 1966).

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