The main goal of the Archives Portal Europe is to meet users' expectations by providing seamless access to various archival resources held throughout Europe. To achieve this, the team has developed common profiles of international archival standards targeted at a European context.

European profiles of existing standards

The Archives Portal Europe currently makes use of existing international XML schemas for the information that it presents:

  • EAD (Encoded Archival Description);
  • EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons, Families);
  • METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard).

For these standards, subsets (or profiles) of the official schemas as maintained by the Society of American Archivists and the Library of Congress respectively have been defined to allow for their use in the Archives Portal Europe. These profiles differ from the official schemas by adding further specifications to the elements and attributes, which enable certain administrative tasks as well as search and display functionalities in the Archives Portal Europe. More information on the use of these three standards can be found on the Archives Portal Europe Wiki.

Standards maintenance

In addition, the Archives Portal Europe uses the XML schema Encoded Archival Guide (EAG) in its version of 2012. EAG2012 is the result of reviewing the existing version EAG 0.2, created initially in the context of the Censo-Guía de los Archivos de España e Iberoamérica, and relating this to the International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings (ISDIAH) as published by the International Council on Archives (ICA). It is now maintained and developed further by the Archives Portal Europe Foundation.