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ERIC Number: EJ884704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
Authority Control at the National Archives and Records Administration
Reid, Lydia J. E.; Simmons, C. Jerry
Journal of Archival Organization, v5 n1-2 p95-120 2007
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) launched the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) in 2002. ARC was the first centralized system for describing materials held throughout NARA's nationwide system of archival repositories. ARC's complicated development involved the entire agency, as staff wrestled with years of distinct descriptive practices. NARA evaluated external and internal standards, established a consensus-based decision-making structure, and through teamwork, successfully put into practice shared data structure, data content, and data value standards. This article addresses the selection or creation, implementation, and maintenance of the authority files and thesauri that provide data values for ARC access points to ensure consistent and precise retrieval of archival descriptions. (Contains 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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