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International Standards for Digital Archives: 3rd European Conference on EAD, EAC and METS

The 3rd European Conference for Digital Archives took place from 24 to 26 April 2007 in Berlin. The focus of the conference was EAD (Encoded Archival Description), EAC (Encoded Archival Context) and METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard). The conference not only provided information on standards. In our discussions we also addressed hands-on experiences using EAD, EAC and METS.
The exchange of collections information and attendant metadata - the key prerequisite in establishing a common Internet portal - requires the use of agreed-upon standards. This observation is true of both digitised and 'born-digital' materials. In her presentation Petra Rauschenbach will report on this recent international conference, providing us with a sense of the substance, results and next steps to be taken.

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