I agree. I would have thought EAD would be the last thing a poor descriptive bibliographer needs. The TEI manuscript description module may have its shortcomings, but it's a lot nearer the mark in this case than EAD. And once it's been redefined as the text-bearing-object description module we'll be laughing.

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Subject: Re: Descriptive Bibliography

For what it's worth, I probably would not use EAD for this because that's aimed at describing a collection, usually an archival collections (papers and drafts). I'm a librarian, but I don't work in special collections or archives, so I don't usually use EAD.


On Feb 17, 2014, at 12:12 PM, "Peter Flynn" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 02/17/2014 03:55 PM, Julian Fox wrote:
>> Good morning, I am an undergraduate student who is somewhat new to
>> TEI. Recently, I have attempted to markup a highly descriptive
>> bibliography on Willa Cather and have run into some difficulties.
>> Here is an example of what I am marking up:
> [snip]
> You need to talk to one of your institution's librarians about this.
> Descriptive bibliography is a field in its own right and has some
> specialist requirements not found elsewhere.
>> As you can tell, the metadata of the bibliography includes multiple
>> editions, collations, contents, and textual contents.  I have tried
>> <bibl>, <biblFull>, and <listBibl>, but none of them seem to have the
>> level of detail I need. What would be the best method of encoding
>> this? Are there any examples I could look at to use as a template?
> The EAD (Encoded Archival Description) is an XML vocabulary in the
> library field which may be more useful than TEI for this application
> (much of its structure was originally derived from the TEI header).
> (Those interested in the encoding of signatures, an example of which is
> included in the material you quote [under "Collation"] may find an
> excruciatingly detailed but fascinating description in an article in a
> recent issue of the Journal of the Printing Historical Society╣.)
> ///Peter
> --
> ╣ Williams, RB. Victorian Book Printing: A Rare Supernumary Signature.
>  JPHS, 18/19, Summer/Winter 2012, pp. 75-79