Category:APE supporting software

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The only thing required for contributing content to the Archives Portal Europe is to be able to produce finding aids in EAD/XML format. Since the Archives Portal Europe's tools take care of converting valid EAD/XML finding aids to the common apeEAD format, any EAD/XML format will do, as long as it is valid according to EAD2002 (for more information on EAD see: http://loc.gov/ead/).

EAD/XML finding aids can be created via exports out of archival database management systems (an overview of these can be found over here), but can also be created from scratch using general text editing tools such as notepad, or XML editing tools such as Oxygen (http://www.oxygenxml.com/), XMLSpy (http://www.altova.com/xmlspy.html), etc., however these kind of tools require specific knowledge about the XML language and are very tedious to use in case huge finding aids in EAD/XML are to be produced.

There are some tools available which are more user friendly when it comes to producing EAD/XML finding aids and some of them even do much more than that, for instance the ICA Access to Memory tool (ICA-AtoM), which also can be used to publish finding aids.