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PITTI, Daniel; POPOVICI, Bogdan – Florin; STOCKTING, William 


Daniel Pitti is Associate Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia. From 1993-2010, Pitti served as the chief technical architect of Encoded Archival Description (EAD, a standard for encoding archival guides, and Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF), a standard for encoding archival identity records. Pitti currently serves on the SAA Standards Committee Schema Development Team, and is the chair of the International Council on Archives Experts Group on Archival Description, charged with developing a archival conceptual model. Pitti is project director of the Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project.


Bogdan-Florin Popovici graduated from the Faculty for Archival Science in Bucharest (1999) and holds a Ph.D. in Modern History (2004). He attended the Autumn School for Archival Science (Trieste, Italy, 2007-2009), and Stage technique international d'archives (Paris, 2008). He is member of the International Institute for Archival Science (Trieste-Maribor). Since graduation, he has worked as an archivist at the National Archives of Romania, where he has engaged in a range of activities, including records management supervision, archival processing, and archival training. He has served on several experts group in Romania (2007-2012) and contributed significantly in the implementation of the National Archives Information System (2013). He served on the ICA Committee on Best Practices and Standards (2008-2012) and is a member of the ICA Experts Group on Archival Description. His current interests focus on archival description, archival terminology and electronic archiving.


Bill Stockting is an acknowledged expert on archival processing, description, and its automation and access. At the Public Record Office and National Archives, he was a member of the team that developed the first online catalogue system (PROCAT) and managed the groundbreaking Access to Archives (A2A) Programme. At the British Library, he has lead the development of the Integrated Archives and Manuscripts System (IAMS) which provides single cataloguing and access environments for the Library's archive and manuscript collections for the first time. Bill is currently the co-chair of the Society of American Archivists' Technical Sub-committee on Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and also sits on the sibling committee for Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (EAC-CPF) as well as being a member of the International Council on Archives' (ICA) Expert Group on Archival Description.

Brief summary:

The ICA Experts Group on Archival Description (2012-2016) will present an interim report on developing a Conceptual Model for archival description based on the four existing ICA description standards. The model will serve as a foundation for the next generation of archival description and access.


The ICA Experts Group on Archival Description (EGAD) will present an interim report on its plan of work and work completed to date. PCOM formed EGAD late in 2012. The EGAD's term is 2012-2016. The Group is charged with developing a formal Conceptual Model for archival description that is based on the four existing ICA description standards, and that serves as a foundation for the international archival community to employ the latest technologies, in particular semantic technologies, and to promote national, regional, and international cooperation in providing vastly enhanced description and access to records. While the work will focus first and foremost on the needs of the archival community, the development process will also be informed by the conceptual models of allied professional communities, with the long-term objective of supporting integrated access to our shared cultural heritage. The chair of the EGAD and the three members will report on three major areas of activity: Principles and Terminology, Conceptual Model, and Ontology.

Scientific contribution:

The EGAD panel will present the professional rationale for developing a conceptual model for archival description, particularly discussing the professional and technological context within which the work is taking place. Panel members will also provide expert knowledge on conceptual models and their relation to advanced and emerging communication technologies, in particular semantic technologies; on the principles of archival arrangement and description, with a particular emphasis on "records in context;" and observations on the relation of the developing conceptual model to existing ICA standards, existing national models, and the models of allied professional communities.


Archival description standards; conceptual models; ontologies; semantic technologies