Since 2013, the Empire State Library Network has collaborated with archival professionals from around the state of New York to build a platform that can serve as an index and repository for finding aids created by holding institutions from around the state. In particular, it has sought to test the viability of the EADitor as both a platform for the index as well as a tool which contributors could use to create well-formed, DACS-compliant, encoded finding aids without prior EAD experience. The project is also developing a set of training materials to introduce the tool to potential users.
The Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative (or Empire ADC) has made significant progress in the past year. This has been achieved largely with the help of an IMLS SPARKS! grant and the continued sponsorship of ESLN. As such, the project is moving swiftly toward a beta prototype, which will solicit contributions from New York’s archival community as early as summer 2016. In future, this tool has the potential to facilitate participant contributions to linked open data and aggregation projects like SNAC (Social Networks in Archival Context) and the Digital Public Library of America.
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