Encoded Archival Guide (EAG)


Describing archival institutions

The Archives Portal Europe provides comprehensive information about institutions with archivals holdings in the "Directory". Often the self-description of an institution is the first step to become visible in the European archival landscape, even without having archival descriptions online. The archives description is encoded in EAG. The Archives Portal Europe enables content providers to create EAG files within the provides tools, the Dashboard and the Data Preparation Tool.

The page provides an overview of the XML standard Encoded Archival Guide (EAG) in its version of 2012, which has been developed within the APEx project in the context of expanding and enhancing the Archives Portal Europe. EAG 2012, forthwith referred to as EAG, is the result of reviewing the existing version EAG 0.2, created initially in the context of the Censo-Guía de los Archivos de España e Iberoamérica, and relating this to the International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings (ISDIAH) as published by the International Council on Archives (ICA).


EAG documentation

Describing insitutions

The part on "Describing institutions" defines the information recommended to be given and provides constituent examples according to the elements of ISDIAH.

Tag library

The "Tag library" shows how such information is to be encoded in EAG.

Access EAG elements in the tag library by tag name:


Access EAG attributes in the tag library by attribute name:

@audience @countryCode @countrycode @eagRelationType @href @languageCode @lastDateTimeVerified @latitude @localType @longitude @notAfter @notBefore @question @repositorycode @resourceRelationType @scriptCode @source @standardDate @standardDateTime @transliteration @unit @vocabularySource @xml:base @xml:lang


EAG schema & stylesheet

EAG schema in formats XSD, RNG and RNC and xslt stylesheet to convert EAG 0.2 to EAG 2012


Obsolete documents

The "State of the art (SOTA) report on Encoded Archival Guide (EAG) and recommendations for implementation in the Archives Portal Europe" (Deliverable 4.1, updated May 2013) of the APEx project was the first draft for defining EAG 2012 and its use in the Archives Portal Europe. This document is not the latest version of EAG and serves only for documentation.

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