<otherfindaid> Other Finding Aid

<otherfindaid> encodes information about additional or alternative guides to the described material, whether created by the repository or by another party (dealer, originator, etc). While it is used to indicate the existence of additional finding aids, it is not meant to replicate those guides. Other finding aids may also be formally cited and/or linked to within <otherfindaid> using <archref>. <otherfindaid> should not be confused with <fileplan>, which designates information about a plan explaining the classification scheme used by the creators or compilers of the materials.

<otherfindaid> 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

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


See DACS Section 4.6, Finding aids. Added value. (DACS 2013, pp.61-62)


  <head>Other Finding Aids</head>
  <p>A reverse-chronological list of digitized colloquia and symposia in this collection may be found on the <ref href="https://archives.piecemaking.edu/videos/quilttech-guide">Archives' website</ref>.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<otherfindaid> gained @lang and @script elements. It lost <address>, <extref>, <linkgrp>, and <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <otherfindaid>