SPEC Kit 307: Manuscript Collections on the Web · 81
Hosting/Harvesting Finding Aids
23. Does your institution participate in any online consortium or program that hosts and/or harvests
your EAD finding aids? N=63
Yes 40 63%
No 23 37%
If yes, please briefly describe the program. N=40
“TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online) makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum
collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or
‘finding aids’ that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their libraries.”
(2 responses)
“Archeion: A provincial electronic union list of fond level descriptions. http://archeion-aao.fis.utoronto.ca Archeion
contributes our descriptions to OurOntario http://ourontario.ca/ and Archives Canada http://archivescanada.ca.”
“ArchiveGrid.” (5 responses)
“ArchiveGrid and Washington Research Library Consortium.”
“ArchiveGrid—harvests XML finding aids from a file on our server.”
“Arizona Archives Online is a collaboration of the three Arizona public universities and is intended to serve as a
statewide EAD database. We have discussed allowing harvesting by external consortia but our Fedora platform is
not ready.”
“Brown recently received an NEH grant to partner with nine other archives, historical societies, and libraries
in Rhode Island to create an EAD-based union database of finding aids. This project is called the Rhode Island
Archival & Manuscript Collection Online (RIAMCO). Brown is the lead institution since we are the only institution
in Rhode Island currently using EAD.”
“California Digital Library Online Archive of California.”
“Columbia University hosts a database containing all of our medieval manuscript descriptions. The project is
called The Digital Scriptorium.”
“CRRA: Catholic Research Resources Alliance has a Web site to which members post the kind of information
covered (I think) in this survey.”
“Finding aids have been harvested by RLG (and more recently we presume by OCLC) as well as by ArchivesUSA.
Google and other search engines of course routinely chew through them and, so far as we can tell, produce
nearly all of the reader traffic. We also have one large finding aid that was EAD-marked and is maintained by the
American Institute of Physics as part of a project they initiated several years ago.”
“Five Colleges cooperative EAD site (Mt Holyoke, Smith, Amherst, Hampshire, and UMass).”
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