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Encoded Archival Context (EAC)

EAC-CPF Schema Released

The EAC Working Group released the EAC-CPF schema and tag library on August 21, 2009.

The EAC-CPF site is hosted by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin in partnership with the Bundesarchiv and is accessible at: http://eac.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/. Please refer to that site for up-to-date information regarding EAC.

[NOTE: This site has not been updated since 2003 and reflects a very early stage in the development of Encoded Archival Context. For the most up-to-date information regarding EAC, please refer to http://eac.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/.]

For some time, archivists have been discussing the need for a standard structure for the recording and exchange of information about the creators of archival materials. Following up on these discussions, a group of archivists met in Toronto, Canada, in March 2001 to create a high-level model for such information and to draft a strategy for implementing that model and testing it. The group has termed the model "Encoded Archival Context" (EAC) to emphasize its important role in archival description and its relationship with the Encoded Archival Description standard.

This site provides archivists and other interested parties with access to the background and current documents that have been and are being drafted in the process of creating this standard. Additional documents and links to download test versions of the standard will be added to the site as they become available. In the near future, a public electronic list will become available for the exchange of information about this initiative.

An international group of archivists has taken the initiative to launch and is currently managing this project. We anticipate that at an appropriate time, formal responsibility for the development and maintenance of the standard will pass to an established agency. In the meantime, Yale University has agreed to host this site.


The participants at the March 2001 Toronto meeting on archival contextual information drafted this statement of principles and criteria to guide subsequent work on the development of a standard for contextual information.

Principles and Criteria for a Model for Archival Context Information (Toronto Tenets)

Current Documents
Documents from earlier projects
EAC Working Group members

EAC Model (ALPHA)

Disclaimer: This site does not necessarily reflect the views of the Yale University Library.
last modified: 2009-08-21
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URL: http://www.library.yale.edu/eac