<did> Descriptive Identification

<did> is the only required element in <archdesc> and <c> (or <c01>, etc.). It is used to bundle other elements identifying core information about the described materials. These elements should constitute a good basic description of the archival unit. The <did> in <archdesc> is called a high-level <did>. The <did> within <c>-type elements is referred to as a low-level <did>. These terms may be used when discussing levels of description.

<did> can only be used in <archdesc>, <c>, and <c01>, <c02>, … , <c12>.

Attributes

  • @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.”
  • @encodinganalog – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @lang – not required. Three-letter code that indicates the language in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 639-2b.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.

Child Elements

Because it must be used within <archdesc> and <c>, which have different needs, there are no required child elements inside <did>.

<did> may contain an optional <head> element. It must contain one or more of the following: <abstract>, <container> (which is not used in high level <did>), <dao>, <daoset>, <didnote>, <langmaterial>, <materialspec>, <origination>, <physdescset>, <physdesc>, <physdescstructured>, <physloc>, <repository>, <unitdate>, <unitdatestructured>, <unitid>, and <unittitle>.

Examples

This is a <c>-level <did>.

<did>
	<unittitle>Class Notes for Care of Magical Creatures</unittitle>
	<physdesc>7 scrolls</physdesc>
	<container localtype="scrollboxes">32-38</container>
	<daoset coverage="part">
		<dao daotype="derived" href="http://eadiva.com/wizlib-files/salamanders.jpg" localtype="portion" show="embed">
			<descriptivenote>
				<p>Sample portion of a scroll on the care of salamanders</p>
			</descriptivenote>
		</dao>
		<dao daotype="derived" href="http://eadiva.com/wizlib-files/imps.jpg" localtype="portion" show="embed">
			<descriptivenote>
				<p>Sample portion of a scroll on the care of Imps.</p>
			</descriptivenote>
		</dao>
		<descriptivenote>
			<p>These materials were digitized for the use of professors teaching Care of Magical Creatures. These images are examples of digitized files which may be available to researchers with the archivists' permission. To request a copy, please contact the archivist.</p>
		</descriptivenote>
	</daoset>
</did>

Changes from EAD 2002

<did> gained attributes @lang and @script. Deprecated element <daogrp> was replaced by <daoset> and deprecated <note> by <didnote>. It gained new elements <physdescset>, <physdescstructured>, and <unitdatestructured>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <did>