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A.R.T. Workshop: EAD and the Web

  • Monday, October 28, 2013
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • METRO Training Center 57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10003

This event is co-sponsored by METRO and the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

Do you have EAD files and want to learn more about how you can publish those files online? In this workshop, you’ll receive training on how to map EAD documents to HTML, the lingua franca for publishing text online. In order to speed up the process, you’ll receive an overview of Bootstrap 3, http://getbootstrap.com which is a complete framework for publishing content online with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript -- and you’ll then work with a pre-existing XSLT style sheet that transforms EAD into Bootstrap’s framework. You’ll also receive a brief introduction to the BaseX database, http://basex.org/, which you’ll use to index EAD records and access them via a web browser.

We will not cover any aspects of system administration, however, which are still necessary for publishing and maintaining anything on a web server. Instead, all of the EAD files that you will publish “online” will be running off of your own laptop, via localhost. At the end of the workshop, though, you will have performed hands-on exercises that will provide you with a better understanding of how XML, XSLT, and XSLT processors can work together to prepare EAD finding aids for publication online.

Speaker Mark Custer

Mark Custer is an Archivist / Metadata Coordinator at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. From 2011-2012, he worked as an EAD Manager at the Smithsonian Institution. Previously, he worked at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library for four years, during which time he helped manage their EAD finding aid database.  He earned a BA in English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MLIS from Syracuse University.

Who should attend:
  • Archivists and others who are charged with the management of EAD files and/or putting finding aids online.

By the end of this program, participants will have:

  • Received a crash-course overview of EAD, HTML, CSS, and XSLT;
  • Ingested and indexed EAD finding aids into a database;
  • Explored and (slightly) modified an XSLT style sheet that converts EAD into HTML; and
  • Discussed other strategies to get EAD finding aids onto the Web.

Visit http://metro.org/events/428/ for more information and registration.

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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