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Describing archival institutions using Encoded Archival Guide (EAG)

The Archives Portal Europe provides comprehensive information about institutions with archivals holdings in the "Directory". Often the self-description of an institution is the first step to become visible in the European archival landscape, even without having archival descriptions online. The description of an archival institution is encoded in EAG/XML. The Archives Portal Europe enables content providers to create EAG/XML files within the provided tools: the Dashboard and the Data Preparation Tool (DPT).

APE Dashboard: form for creating an EAG2012/XML file

For more information on how to create an EAG2012/XML file in the Dashboard, see the manual.

APE DPT: option for creating an EAG2012/XML file

For more information on the free downloadable APE Data Preparation Tool (DPT), see the manual.

This page gives access to information on the XML standard Encoded Archival Guide (EAG) in its version of 2012, which has been developed within the APEx project in the context of expanding and enhancing the Archives Portal Europe. EAG2012, forthwith referred to as EAG, is the result of reviewing the existing version EAG 0.2, created initially in the context of the Censo-Guía de los Archivos de España e Iberoamérica, and relating this to the International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings (ISDIAH) as published by the International Council on Archives (ICA).

  • The page on "Describing institutions" defines the information recommended to be given and provides constituent examples according to the elements of ISDIAH [*].
  • The "Tag library" shows how such information is to be encoded in EAG [*].
  • The EAG schema in formats XSD, RNC and RNG and xslt stylesheet to convert EAG 0.2 to EAG2012 can be downloaded over here:

[*] this page will be transferred to this wiki soon