Intro to EAD

4-Week Course Starts FALL 2021

This course is currently not open for enrollment. Click here to be notified when enrollment opens.

Course Fee: $175.00 USD


Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an internationally recognized XML -based standard for encoding archival finding aids. EAD has become popular among the archival community and is currently being implemented by repositories throughout world. Written in XML, EAD is platform-independent, adaptable to the World Wide Web, and flexible enough to be used with a variety of collections. This course will teach you the definitions of EAD, XML, and HTML, the basic sections of an EAD finding aid, what software applications are used to display EAD finding aids online, and much more.


  • Understand why EAD is important
  • Recall the basic sections of an EAD finding aid
  • Identify the proper usage of EAD tags
  • Utilize templates and style sheets to create your EAD finding aid

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on TBD.
It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks.
Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing discussion, reading, and written assignments.
It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
When is the last day for enrollment
Will the instructor be available for feedback and questions?
Absolutely! Your instructor will provide feedback for each assignment and will be available via email for any questions you may have. A discussion area is also available where participants can post questions.
How long do I have access to the course materials?
You will have unlimited access for 3 months from the start date of this course.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion you must complete the following each week:
1. View all lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments .
You will receive your certificate approximately 2 weeks after the course ends..
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
I am having trouble enrolling. Help!
We're sorry to hear this. Here are some options:
1. Try enrolling with a different browser or with a different device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.)
2. Email us at [email protected] for an invoice. This will be emailed to you and you can pay through the link provided in the invoice.

Course enrollment opening soon.