Encoded Archival Context

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Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons and Families (EAC-CPF) is an XML standard for encoding information about the creators of archival materials -- i.e., a corporate body, person or family -- including their relationships to (a) resources (books, collections, papers, etc.) and (b) other corporate bodies, persons and families. The goal is to provide contextual information regarding the circumstances of record creation and use. EAC-CPF can be used in conjunction with Encoded Archival Description (EAD) for enhancement of EAD's capabilities in encoding finding aids, but can also be used in conjunction with other standards or for standalone authority file encoding.

EAC-CPF is defined in a document type definition (DTD) as well as in an XML Schema and a Relax NG schema. EAC-CPF elements reflect the ISAAR(CPF) standard and the ISAD(G), two standards managed by the International Council on Archives.

EAC-CPF has been and is being tested in various institutions, such as the European Union LEAF project; 'Linking and Exploring Authority Files', funded between 2001 and 2004.[1]

The Ad Hoc EAC-CPF Working Group's early drafts were published in 2004.[2] and the working group released a draft for public comment in August 2009.[3] prior to publication of the completed standard in 2010.[4]


  1. ^ Weber, Jutta (2003). "LEAF. Linking and Exploring Authority Files (www.leaf-eu.org)" (PDF). International Conference Authority Control: Definition and International Experiences. Florence: E-LIS. E-prints in Library and Information Science. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Encoded Archival Context - Beta". Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. 29 November 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "<Encoded Archival Context />". Yale University Library. 2003. Archived from the original on 26 March 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "EAC-CPF Schemas Released!". Retrieved 2 April 2011. 

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