Coming August 11, 2009

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Reusing EAD beyond HTML and PDF

Using XSLT to get useful outputs from EAD other than HTML or PDF

Given the investment of time and money required to recreate useful EAD instances (for those uninitiated into Encoded Archival Description, see and, it’s critical to squeeze as many derivative outputs from the data as possible.  HTML is the minimum (via XSLT), PDF is nice (via XSL-FO), but what else can be wrung from EAD, the clammy dishtowel of archival description?

I’d like to present on how to write XSLT style sheets for some combination of the following: generating tab-delimited text files for use in creating labels (or anything else friendly to forms) via Mail Merge; generating folder-level MODS records for an entire collection; and making batch editorial changes to a group of EAD instances.  My demos will be with EAD, but can be applied to any flavor of XML.