<profiledesc> Profile Description

<profiledesc> is an optional wrapper element within <eadheader>, which contains information about the encoding of the finding aid and any languages used therin. It can be contrasted with <filedesc>, which encodes the finding aid’s bibliographic information.


  • ALTRENDER – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • AUDIENCE – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • ID – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • ENCODINGANALOG – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.


<profiledesc> is not a required element in <eadheader> and has no required subelements. It may contain three subelements and should contain at least one of them, otherwise it need not be used.

If the author of the intellectual content of the finding aid is the same as the encoder, their name does not need to be encoded in <creation>, although it may. Otherwise, the element can be used to encode the name of the finding aid’s encoder. <langusage> may be used to provide a statement about the language(s) in which the finding aid is written. When used within <profiledesc>, the <descrules> element “can be used to specify the descriptive code or guidelines followed in creating the finding aid.”

While the LoC tag library does not indicate a required order, the XML schema indicates that the sequence of subelements, if used, must be: <creation>, <langusage>, <descrules>.

Our EAD file so far

Nothing to add because it’s just a wrapper:

		<eadid countrycode="us" mainagencycode="dgwl" url="http://www.eadiva.com/sample/">rkt-01</eadid>
				<titleproper>Inventory of Something Useful for Learning EAD <date>2012-2013</date></titleproper>
				<subtitle>A totally awesome finding aid with a subtitle too</subtitle>
				<author>Ruth K. Tillman, the EADiva</author>
				<sponsor>Encoding thanks to EADiva's donation of her spare time.</sponsor>
			<editionstmt><edition>1st ed.</edition>
			<p>Didn't need to specify since it's first edition, but wanted to use the fields.</p>
					<addressline>1600 Pennsylvania Ave</addressline>
					<addressline>Washington, DC, 20001</addressline>
					<addressline>Phone: 202-555-1234</addressline>
			<seriesstmt><p>Bell Family Papers</p>
					<p>The materials in this finding aid are based on an actual collection of Sarah J. Bell Kitchin's letters.</p>
					<p>This finding aid was created as a project for the EADiva.com website.</p>
	<frontmatter><!--we're going to display it here just to show how it's used-->

EAD tag library entry for <profiledesc>.