<scopecontent> Scope and Content

<scopecontent> is a wrapper element used to contain a prose summary of the range and topical coverage of the described materials in order to assist researchers in evaluating the relevance of the materials. It can cover form and arrangement, important names, events, places, and subjects. If there are significant gaps in the materials or strengths which may be useful to researchers, these should also be noted. The element may be nested to contain <scopecontent> notes for particular segments of the collection.

This element is comparable to ISAD(G) data element 3.3.1 and MARC field 520.

<scopecontent> 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

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


See DACS Section 3.1, Scope and content. Required. (DACS 2013, pp.45-48)


  <head>Scope and Content of the Collection</head>
  <p>The collection contains departmental business records: meeting notes, policies, grants, and annual reports. A selection of syllabuses ranging from 1978-1999 reflect the department's practice of allowing prospective and enrolled students to browse a course's contents before registration. The collection also contains recordings of symposia and colloquia sponsored by the department.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<scopecontent> gained @lang and @script elements. It lost <address>, <arrangement>, <dao>, <daogrp>, and <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <scopecontent>