On Monday I attended the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Encoded Archival Context – Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) workshop, held in the Sheerr Room in Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, located at Harvard University. Katherine M. Wisser, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Archives/History Dual Degree Program at Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College taught the workshop that covered the International Standard Archival Authority Record For Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, hands on EAC-CPF work and an overview of other EAC-CPF projects. EAC-CPF is a standard that can help define the creators of archival collections and expose relationships between creators and other archival collections. For the Hall-Hoag project we will be using EAC-CPF to show relationships between all of the organizations in the collection when we publish the collection online. This workshop really helped clarify how to properly code the identities of the organizations in the Hall-Hoag collection and the potential of listing the functions of these organizations.
To get an idea of what EAC-CPF can look like in practice check out these sites:
Trove (The National Library of Australia): http://trove.nla.gov.au/?q=
Archives Portal Europe Network: http://www.apenet.eu/