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EAD@10: A Symposium Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Encoded Archival Description
Sunday, August 31, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
 Into the Future: Panel Discussions on the Future of Archival Description
[Questions for the panelists: please add to this list!]
 Factors that might influence the future of archival description.
1. What will be the impact of MPLP/Greene-Meissner. If we are moving to a model of less processing up front, and perhaps more iterative processing down the line (“just-in-time description?”) what will be the impact on description or descriptive workflow?
2. Specifically thinking about EAD, that standard was developed to support a range of descriptive practices. With 10 years of encoding under our belts, can we imagine identifying what people actually do in terms of markup? Determine what descriptive elements are most useful both from and end user and management point of view? Using this information to move to a much tighter version of EAD?
3. As different metadata creation centers (libraries, archives, museums, digital library production, institutional repository, etc.) come into closer contact with one another, what will be the influence of these communities on one another?
4. Will some aspects of descriptions (names, places, subject terms, etc.) become networked? If so, what will be in the impact on archival description. Would networked elements of description allow for some automatic identification of terms, rather than implicit markup?
5. Will archival description move away from a document-centered model? What are the possibilities for moving to other models of representation? Shifting away from hierarchical structures and towards relational structures, for example.
6. What will be the impact of user contributed metadata?
7. What will be the influence of electronic records?
8. Will metadata creation tools lead us in new directions, or do they simply model current practices?
9. It can be argued that EAD has changed archival descriptive practice. What standards will change our practices going forward?
10. It can be argued that technology (specifically, the advent of the web) has changed our approach towards archival descriptive practice. What new technologies will change our practice going forward?
11. How will our evolving understanding of end user needs shape archival descriptive practice?
Mary W. Elings
Archivist for Digital Collections
University of California, Berkeley
Mark A. Matienzo (Questions 3, 5, 2)
The New York Public Library
Michelle Light (Questions 1, 7, 10)
University of California, Irvine
Jeanne Kramer-Smyth (Questions 3, 8, 10)
Discovery Communications Inc
Katherine M. Wisser (Questions 4, 9)
Director of Instructional Services and Doctoral Candidate
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill