EGAD Strategic Work Plan

 ICA standards have been successful in promoting international consistency in descriptive practices. They have facilitated system developments, data sharing, and cooperative integrated access. However, because the four standards were created serially rather than together, the intended complementary interrelation of each with the others is implicit rather than explicit. Many archivists have had difficulty understanding how to use the four standards together to form complete archival description. Further, the emergence of semantic web technologies, in particular conceptual models (or ontologies) and Linked Open Data (LOD), offer many benefits to the archival community to improve archival descriptive practice and to make it more effective to better serve and expand the user community: methods for clarifying and making explicit the concepts and assumptions underlying archival descriptive practice; methods for formally representing archival descriptive data that enables computational use and reuse of the data to provide access to and understanding of archival resources; and methods for sharing archival descriptive data in integrated cultural heritage access systems. The challenges presented by the existing standards and the demonstrated promise of the new technologies led ICA to review its strategies related to the current descriptive standards. Various local and national efforts have seized the initiative in the development of archival conceptual models, and while these initiatives clearly demonstrate a growing awareness of and interest in the benefits offered by the new technologies, to ensure that the next generation of archival descriptive standards reflects international consensus and furthers the consensus building, collaboration, sharing of knowledge and technologies, it is time to learn from and bring these initiatives together.

For the term 2012-2016, EGAD has as its mandate to develop a conceptual data model for archival description that identifies and defines the essential components of archival description and their interrelations in order to further shared international understanding, facilitate the development of the next generation of archival descriptive systems, further regional, national, and international collaboration, and promote collaboration with allied cultural heritage communities. The conceptual model will serve archivists who have the responsibility for the processing and description of archives, developers who build archival information systems, and allied cultural heritage professionals. The conceptual model developed by EGAD will focus first and foremost on the needs of the archival community, though it will also look forward to interoperating with models developed by and for the museum and library communities.

The conceptual model will be formally documented in text and diagrams, and also expressed in at least one machine-readable expression. During the development process, both products will be made available in draft for evaluation and comments by the international archival community. The final products will be available on the ICA website.


  • Website International Archives Day 2014

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    On the occasion of International Archives Day 2014, SLMT launched a website showing pictures from archives all over the world. 427 Institutes participated and the result can be seen on the website


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  • The Great Parchment Book at London Metropolitan Archives

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    From 2010 to date, LMA has been engaged in a major and ground-breaking partnership project involving the conservation, digital reconstruction and online publication project of the Great Parchment Book. You can explore the project and the Great Parchment Book on the Great Parchment Book website.

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  • Protecting the Archives of Dissident Writers

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    For writers and readers, literature can be a means of resisting repression and of cultural survival.  For researchers, dissident literature can act as a window on political and social conditions and the treatment of citizens by governments.  Creative writers (along with other artists and intellectuals) live in danger from repressive political regimes because of their iconic status or role as spokespersons within their societies.

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  • Memory of the Caribbean Islands

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Memory of the Islands: gateway for archival networking

    The MIGAN project supports the idea of encouraging countries with a common heritage to share this heritage through information technologies. Caribbean archives need to make their heritage accessible quickly for a community of researchers dispersed throughout the world. The result of the project will be a Web portal.



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  • Project Appraisal in Latin America

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Appraisal in Latin America


    The main objective of the project "Appraisal in Latin America" is to study the issue of appraisal from several points of view (types of institutions, of documents, of supports, terminology and techniques) and from a regional perspective in order to establish common criteria and methods. The training dimension will be taken into account.


    Contact: Norma Fenoglio (Universidad nacional de Cordoba)

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  • Atlantic Africa: from records to knowledge, 17th-19th centuries )

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    The aim of the project is to reinforce the use of the archival heritage of the Overseas Historical Archive (AHU) regarding the dynamics of the Atlantic Africa from mid 17th century to ca. 1833 in a global context.

    The archival research line of this project will be focused on the informatics cataloguing of the series related to Atlantic Africa. It envisages the web access to the resulting finding aids, in co connection to the on-going informatics platform and digital repository "Arquivo Científico Tropical Digital". Preservation concerns will also be taken into account.


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  • Archives of Olympic Cities

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Project concerning the archives of Olympic Cities (completion date 2012)


    Objective of this project is a website which provides a definitive directory of resources and archives relating to the games, recording where the material is held and how it can be accessed.


    The project will be completed after the end of the Olympic Games in London, 2012. After the completion of the project, the results and handbook to the project can be handed over to the next Olympic city.

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  • Vital records of municipal administration

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Project concerning vital records of municipal administration


    The project concerning vital records of municipal administration aims to prepare a management programme for vital records in municipalities in order to ensure their preservation. The education and training dimension is taken into account. The project will be completed at the end of 2012


    Contact: Mariela Alvarez [Alcaldia Mayor de Bogota (Colombia)]

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  • Guidelines for applying ISAD(G) to architecture records and archives

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    The Professional Programme represents the combined efforts of ICA's network of volunteers to meet the organisation's fundamental aims and six strategic objectives.

    This project, that is endorsed by the Programme Commission (PCOM), is related to one of those strategic objectives of ICA: Building Capacity in the Records and Archives Profession.

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  • Directory of Resources for Literary Copyright

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    This project intended to collect information about international copyright laws; conflicts within international copyright; how to clear copyright; how to locate copyright holders; "orphan works"; and all other contemporary issues in literary copyright.  SLA aimed to work closely with ICA's Working Group for Intellectual Property (now discontinued). 

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