<fileplan> File Plan

<fileplan> is used to encode information about any classification scheme used for arranging, storing, and retrieving the described materials by the parties originally responsible for creating or compiling them. This may be something as simple as alphabetical or numerical or a more complicated scientific scheme or room layout.

This should not be confused with <otherfindaid>, which contains reference to additional descriptions of the material rather than classification schemes.

<fileplan> is one of the elements which may be used within <archdesc>, <c>, <c01> … <c12>, and itself.


  • @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.
  • @localtype – not required. This attribute may be used within a number of elements. Its use and values are not defined by the schema and may be defined locally.
  • @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

<fileplan> may contain an optional <head> element. It must contain one or more of the following: <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <list>, <p>, <table>, and further <fileplan> elements.


  <head>List of Courses</head>
  <p>The following list associates course codes with course titles represented in the syllabuses.</p>
  <list listtype="deflist">
      <head01>Course Number</head01>
      <head02>Course Title</head02>
      <item>What is Technology?</item>
      <item>History of the Quilt</item>
      <item>Traditional Quilts, Art Quilts, and Feminism</item>
      <item>Quilting and the Industrial Revolution</item>
      <item>Women's Work: Society, Technology, and Misogyny</item>
      <item>Technologies of Improvisation</item>
      <item>Needle, Thimble, and Computer: Textiles and Technologies</item>
      <item>Technological Design and the Textile Future</item>

Changes from EAD 2002

<fileplan> gained attributes @lang, @localtype, and @script. It lost child elements <address> and <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <fileplan>