WHAT is it?
The Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative (or Empire ADC) is a central repository for searching and browsing collection descriptions, called “finding aids,” contributed by New York State's many cultural heritage organizations. The finding aids in Empire ADC adhere to national standards, namely the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Empire ADC seeks to enhance access to New York State’s finding aids and discovery of the materials they describe through a shared technical framework and community of practice.Empire ADC is a service of the Empire State Library Network.

WHY are we doing it?
Empire ADC builds on the notion of the Information Infrastructure of New York (I2NY) initiated by the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) in 2012. With such a high concentration of LAMs (libraries, archives, museums) in New York, Empire ADC will benefit researchers seeking resources held by repositories across the state. Small and medium-sized archives will benefit from a collaborative project that allows them to create and provide access to standardized finding aids without the need for local technology solutions and support. Larger organizations can participate in a data aggregation project, which may facilitate contributions to larger national or global efforts.

HOW are we doing it?
A shared technical infrastructure combined with a cooperative training and outreach program, using the open source EADitor software (source code may be found at: https://github.com/ewg118/eaditor) and the ESLN collaborative services model.

Technical Framework:

  • INGEST [XForms, OAI/ATOM, Web harvesting]: Enter DACS-compliant finding aids directly through the form tool OR ingest pre-existing encoded finding aids through a feed or other arrangement.
  • INDEX AND STORE [eXist-db]: In a database maintained by the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council.
  • CREATE ACCESS [XSLT, Solr, XML, HTML5]: Finding aids available through a user interface that offers direct searching, faceted browsing, and maps.

Collaborative Service Model:

  • Each of the nine ESLN councils have a local administrator to provide outreach and training to regional organizations. By distributing services regionally, Empire ADC can scale its services to local needs.

Empire ADC Leadership Team

Andrew Arpey, New York State Library
Cheri Crist, George Eastman House
Susan d’Entremont, Capital District Library Council (Regional Liaison)
John Diefenderfer, New York State Library
Patrick Galligan, Rockefeller Archives Center
Ethan Gruber, American Numismatic Society
Deirdre Joyce, Syracuse University
Sheryl Knab, Western New York Library Resources Council (ESLN Director Liaison)
Jason Kovari, Cornell University
Anastasia Matijkiw, Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York
Jen Palmentiero, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (Project Manager)
Ryan Perry, Central New York Library Resources Council (Regional Liaison)
Sarah Pinard, State University of New York at Buffalo
Monish Singh, Marist College
Zack Spalding, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
Gregory Wiedeman, State University of New York at Albany

 

New York EAD Pilot Members (former leadership team members)

  • Hillel Arnold, Rockefeller Archives Center
  • John Bewley, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Jodi Boyle, State University of New York at Albany
  • Michelle Combs, Syracuse University
  • Sarah Keen, Colgate University
  • Laura Street, Vassar College
  • Lora Woodford, Colgate University (formerly)