The International Council on Archives (ICA) appointed the Experts Group on Archival Description (EGAD) in late 2012. ICA charged this group with developing a conceptual model for archival description that will reconcile and integrate the four existing ICA descriptive standards. The EGAD will build on more than twenty years of ICA standards development, national or project-based modeling work in the archival community, and the modeling work of allied professional communities. This work will have as its core objective developing a conceptual model that reflects an international professional consensus and that positions the archival community to take full advantage of opportunities presented by current and emerging communication technologies, including the opportunities to work cooperatively within and without the archival community in a shared quest to provide enhanced access to and understanding of the human record.

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