International Standards

The IAN Project employs accepted international standards in the realm of archive management, including standards of the International Council on Archives – ICA.


See list of key international standards used by the project, below.

ISAD(G)

Standard published by the International Council on Archives, which determines a set of rules for describing archival material, independent of the structure and type of the archive. The standard thus promotes consistency and appropriate description for all catalogued items, in order to facilitate exchange of information and integration between archives. The standard defines six mandatory fields.
Sources:

Standard document

Hebrew-language standards document

Standard on the ICA website

 

EAC – Encoded Archival Context is an XML-based standard for describing information about producers of archival information – people, organizations, etc., including circumstances in which the information was generated, and its use.

The standard was created according to the international standard ISAAR (CPF) of the International Council on Archives.


EAD – Encoded Archival Description is an XML-based standard for transferring archival information between various organizations and for archival information sharing via the Internet. The standard relates to the hierarchical structure of the archive, and thus serves as a basis for a complete description of a record or collection, and its components. EAD is based on the ISAD(G) standard of the International Council on Archives.


As part of the Israel Archives Network Project, a new EAD-based standard was created that is an adaptation of EAD to Israeli archives, known as the EADI standard. Additional information regarding this standard appears on the "Project Standards" page.


EAG – Encoded Archival Description is an XML-based standard for describing information about the organizations in possession of the archival information.

 

ISAAR (CPF)

This standard, published by the International Council on Archives, offers tools for creating and using access points (key words, indices, etc.) for record retrieval.

Sources:

Standard document

Standard on the ICA website


ISDIAH

Standard published by the International Council on Archives, determining the description of the organizations in possession of the archival records. The standard determines how to add, edit or erase organizational archival records.
Sources:

Standard document

Standard on the ICA website


METS - Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard is a standard that defines the XML structure for wrapping digital objects together with their associated information (of all kinds – descriptive, administrative, structural).