Controversial lyrics (from the song referenced in this post’s title) by Mark Knopfler aside, I have a few questions regarding the state of EAD in the state of N.C.
- How widespread is the adoption of EAD?
- Who’s not using the standard who would like to?
- Are there any plans afoot to create a regional EAD consortia (such as OAC, NWDA, RIAMCO, etc.)? Please say yes; and secondly, wouldn’t it be great if such a consortia had an xforms powered admin interface for users to create and update records online? (I’m thinking of the “EADitor” Orbean Xforms project that Ethan Gruber has recently started to work on, regarding this last point).
- Is anyone carrying on the torch of NCBHIO and creating EAC records, now that that standard has arrived? (and since that standard essentially demands a consortia, in my mind, how is EAC affecting question #3?)
Unfortunately, I cannot even begin to answer questions 2 – 4 on my own, but I will attempt to quickly provide a start of an answer to my first question. To that end, I went to the Society of North Carolina Archivists’ website, clicked on their links page, and then did a quick look through the “SNCA Affiliated Repositories” section.
And so, here’s an unannotated list of direct links to (mostly EAD) finding aids at North Carolina institutions (and, if anyone knows of a much better list, please let me know!):
http://library.bowdoin.edu/arch/archives/archives.shtml (bowdoin was listed on the SNCA Member Links page, but it’s not a college in N.C.)
http://www.foresthistory.org/ead/index.html (added to the list on 2009-12-09)
Also, if you’re using EAD in N.C. and don’t see your website listed here, please let me know.