<control> Control

<control> is a new element in EAD3 and the required first element within <ead>. It replaces <eadheader> from EAD 2002. It is used to record bibliographic and administrative information concerning the EAD instance, such as the creating and maintaining agency, the descriptive standards used to create the content, and the ISO standards used to identify languages, maintenance agencies, and the like. Description of the actual materials should occur within <archdesc>.


  • @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.”
  • @base – not required. May contain a URI to create a base URI used to resolve any relative URIs used within the child elements, if the base URI differs from the base URI of the EAD instance.
  • @countryencoding – not required. Defines the standard used for countrycodes within the finding aid. Possible values: iso3166-1, othercountryencoding.
  • @dateencoding – not required. Defines the standard from which normalized forms of dates will be derived throughout the finding aid. Possible values: iso8601, otherdateencoding.
  • @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.
  • @langencoding – not required. Defines the source of codes used in @lang attributes throughout the finding aid. Possible values: iso639-1, iso639-2b, iso639-3, otherlangencoding.
  • @relatedencoding – not required. If only the <control> element (not the entire finding aid) is going to be mapped to a particular standard such as MARC or Dublin Code, this is where one would specify it.
  • @repositoryencoding – not required. Defines the source of codes used to identify repositories in the finding aid. Possible values: iso15511, other.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.
  • @scriptencoding – not required. Defines the source of codes used in @script attributes throughout the finding aid. Possible values: iso15924, otherscriptencoding.

Child Elements

The elements within <control> must be used in a very specific order. While not every element is required, if used, they must be used in this order to avoid validation errors. Some items may be repeated. Bolded/italicized/starred items (also in red, but this may not be apparent for color-blind users):

<maintenancehistory> and <sources> may contain repeated elements describing events and sources, respectively, but may only be used once.

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Adjacent Elements

<control> is followed by <archdesc>.


<control countryencoding="iso3166-1" dateencoding="iso8601" langencoding="iso639-2b" relatedencoding="iso15511" scriptencoding="iso15924">
	<recordid instanceurl="https://eadiva.com/hogwarts-ead/S.0001.xml">S.0001</recordid>
	<otherrecordid localtype="manuscript">Slytherin-S-1</otherrecordid>
	<representation href="https://eadiva.com/S0001" linktitle="HTML transformation of the finding aid" show="new"/>
			<titleproper>Manuscripts of Salazar Slytherin: Finding Aid</titleproper>
				<subtitle>A guide to the letters, papers, and spell books held at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Archives</subtitle>
			<author>Felicia Flitwick</author>
			<sponsor>Funding for the initial creation of this electronic finding aid was made possible in 1992 by a generous gift of Slytherin's class of 1972. Funding for encoding was made possible in 2008 by a gift from Slytherin's class of 1998.</sponsor>
			<edition>2nd edition</edition>
			<p>Edition was updated during EAD3 encoding to conform to DACS standards.</p>
			<publisher>Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry</publisher>
			<date normal="2014-03-01">1 March 2014</date>
				<addressline>Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Archives</addressline>
				<addressline>Hogwarts Castle</addressline>
				<addressline>Inverness IV27 H64</addressline>
				<addressline>Scotland, UK</addressline>
				<addressline>+44 01549 511100</addressline>
			<titleproper>Manuscripts of the Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry</titleproper> <num>4</num>
				<p>The archivist is aware that certain families who came up through Slytherin still possess original documents and realia from the house's founder. Please consider donating or bequeathing these to our archives so that we may present Salazar Slytherin's life and views more completely.</p>
	<maintenancestatus value="revised"/>
	<publicationstatus value="published"/>
		<otheragencycode localtype="wizlib">H</otheragencycode>
		<agencyname>Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Archives</agencyname>
		<language langcode="eng">English</language>
		<script scriptcode="latn">Latin</script>
		<citation href="http://www2.archivists.org/standards/DACS" lastdatetimeverified="2014-03-01T16:30:21Z" linktitle="DACS in HTML on SAA website" actuate="onload" show="new">Describing Archives: a Content Standard</citation>
			<p>DACS was used as the primary description standard.</p>
		<citation href="https://eadiva.com/wizlib" linktitle="WizLib Standards" actuate="onload" show="new">Standards for Wizarding Libraries and Archives: 2012</citation>
			<p>The 2012 edition of the Standards for Wizarding Libraries and Archives was used to handle descriptions specific to the wizarding world, such as the Wizarding Agency Code.</p>
	<localcontrol localtype="house">
	<localcontrol localtype="section">
			<eventtype value="derived"/>
			<eventdatetime standarddatetime="2014-03-01T08:05:33Z">1 March 2014</eventdatetime>
			<agenttype value="machine"/>
			<eventdescription>Conversion from EAD 2002 finding aid using XSL transformation.</eventdescription>
			<eventtype value="revised"/>
			<eventdatetime standarddatetime="2014-03-01T10:05:23Z">1 March 2014</eventdatetime>
			<agenttype value="human"/>
			<agent>Felicia Flitwick</agent>
			<eventdescription>Conversion from EAD 2002 revised.</eventdescription>
			<eventtype value="revised"/>
			<eventdatetime standarddatetime="2014-03-09T14:23:42Z">9 March 2014</eventdatetime>
			<agenttype value="human"/>
			<agent>Felicia Flitwick</agent>
			<eventdescription>Minor revisions.</eventdescription>
			<sourceentry>Hogwarts: a History</sourceentry>
					<dc:title>Hogwarts: a History</dc:title>
					<dc:creator>Bathilda Bagshot</dc:creator>
					<dc:identifier>DA880.B34 1968</dc:identifier>
				<p>Basic biographical and historical information was taken from <title><part>Hogwarts: a History</part></title>.</p>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <control>