<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.

Full view:

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/sample-docs/QD011.xml">UA-QD011</recordid>
  <otherrecordid localtype="ark">https://piecemaking.edu/ark:/1313/qd011</otherrecordid>
  <representation href="https://eadiva.com/QD011" linktitle="HTML transformation of the finding aid" show="new"/>
      <titleproper>Guide to Quilting Technologies Department Records, 1978-2020</titleproper>
      <subtitle>A guide records of the Quilting Technologies Department at Piecemaking University</subtitle>
      <author>Ruth Tillman</author>
      <sponsor>Funding for the initial creation of this electronic finding aid was made possible in 1992 by a generous gift of the National Alliance of Peace Quilters. Funding for encoding was made possible in 2008 by a Piecemaking University Digital Initiatives Grant.</sponsor>
      <edition>2nd edition</edition>
      <p>Edition was updated during EAD3 encoding to conform to DACS standards.</p>
      <publisher>Piecemaking University</publisher>
      <date normal="2020-06-08">June 8, 2020</date>
        <addressline>University Archives</addressline>
        <addressline>Piecemaking University</addressline>
        <addressline>Lancaster, PA 17603</addressline>
        <addressline localtype="phone">+1-717-555-1313</addressline>
        <addressline localtype="email">archivist@piecemaking.edu</addressline>
      <titleproper>Piecemaking University Departmental Records</titleproper> <num>13</num>
      <controlnote audience="external">
        <p>To submit corrections or request clarifications, please use the <ref show="new" actuate="onrequest" href="https://archives.piecemaking.edu/contact/finding-aid-feedback">University Archives' feedback form</ref>.</p>
  <maintenancestatus value="revised"/>
  <publicationstatus value="published"/>
    <otheragencycode localtype="quiltlink">PMU</otheragencycode>
    <agencyname>Piecemaking University Archives</agencyname>
    <language langcode="eng">English</language>
    <script scriptcode="latn">Latin</script>
    <citation href="https://saa-ts-dacs.github.io/dacs/" lastdatetimeverified="2020-06-09T16:30:21Z" linktitle="DACS in HTML on GitHub" actuate="onload" show="new">Describing Archives: a Content Standard</citation>
      <p>This finding aid conforms to the University Archives' standards for DACS-compliant description, including all Required and Optimum fields.</p>
    <citation href="http://id.quiltlink.org" linktitle="Linked Open Quilting Vocabulary" actuate="onload" show="new">Linked Open Quilting</citation>
    <p>Terms from the <title><part>Linked Open Quilting</part></title> vocabulary (published 2018) are used to enhance the finding aid in cases where no asppropriate term exists in Library of Congress vocabularies.</p>
    <citation>Piecemaking University Archives Controlled Terms for Processing</citation>
      <p>This internal manual documents appropriate terms to be used in localtype attributes and contains an FAQ for which controlled terms should be used to describe component levels of description, when bulk dates should be used alongside inclusive, etc.</p>
  <localcontrol localtype="descriptionlevel">
  <localcontrol localtype="processinglevel">
      <eventtype value="derived"/>
      <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2017-03-01T08:05:33Z">March 1 2017</eventdatetime>
      <agenttype value="machine"/>
      <eventdescription>Conversion from EAD 2002 finding aid using XSL transformation.</eventdescription>
      <eventtype value="revised"/>
      <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2017-03-02T10:05:23Z">March 2 2017</eventdatetime>
      <agenttype value="human"/>
      <agent>Ruth Tillman</agent>
      <eventdescription>Conversion from EAD 2002 revised using updated DACS principles.</eventdescription>
        <eventtype value="updated"/>
        <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2018-06-03T13:43:33Z">June 3, 2018</eventdatetime>
        <agenttype value="human"/>
        <agent>María Ramirez</agent>
        <eventdescription>Updated to include 2017-2018 school year materials added to the collection.</eventdescription>
          <eventtype value="updated"/>
          <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2019-06-06T10:21:49Z">June 6, 2019</eventdatetime>
          <agenttype value="human"/>
          <agent>María Ramirez</agent>
          <eventdescription>Updated to include 2018-2019 school year materials added to the collection.</eventdescription>
          <eventtype value="updated"/>
          <eventdatetime standarddatetime="2020-06-08T13:50:12Z">June 8, 2020</eventdatetime>
          <agenttype value="human"/>
          <agent>María Ramirez</agent>
          <eventdescription>Updated to include 2019-2020 school year materials added to the collection.</eventdescription>
    <source id="patchwork">
      <sourceentry>Patchwork: A History of Quilting Education in the United States</sourceentry>
            <dc:title>Patchwork: A History of Quilting Education in the United States</dc:title>
            <dc:creator>Amelia Robinson</dc:creator>
            <dc:identifier>TX165 .R63 1998</dc:identifier>
        <p>Context for the department history note was taken from <title><part>Patchwork: A History of Quilting Education in the United States</part></title>.</p>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <control>