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Describing Archives: A Content Standard - Version 2019.0.3

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  • Prepared by the Technical Subcommittee on

    Describing Archives: A Content Standard

    (TS-DACS) of the Standards Committee of the

    Society of American Archivists

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    Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) facilitates consistent, appropriate, and self-explanatory description of archival materials and creators of archival materials. This new edition reflects the growing convergence among archival, museum, and library standards; aligns DACS with the descriptive standards developed and supported by the International Council on Archives; and provides guidance on the creation of archival authority records. DACS can be applied to all types of material at all levels of description, and the rules are designed for use by any type of descriptive output, including MARC 21, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Encoded Archival Context (EAC). The standard consists of two parts: Part 1 - Describing Archival Materials and Part 2 - Archival Authority Records. Separate sections discuss levels of description and the importance of access points to the retrieval of descriptions. Appendices feature a list of companion standards and crosswalks to ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF), MARC 21, EAD, EAC, and Resource Description and Access (RDA) as well as the changelog versioning system.

    Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) was officially adopted as a standard by the Council of the Society of American Archivists in 2005, following review by the SAA Standards Committee, its Technical Subcommittee for Describing Archives: A Content Standard, and the general archival community. In 2013, DACS was moved to a continuous revision cycle. See the TS-DACS Github site for the latest information.

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    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2020)
    PDF: 180 pages
    Product Dimension: 8.5x11 inches
    ISBN: 978-1-945246-97-5

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