Steps to create a TARO-ready finding aid using an XML editor such as Oxygen, XMetal, or Notepad++.
These directions assume a general understanding of how to work with XML and are for schema-compliant EAD XML files. Please note that TARO is in the process of converting from the old style dtd-compliant EAD XML files to schema-compliant EAD XML files.
Files you will need
- For Schema Repositories only (download zip of files) -ead.xsd is the schema file -xlink.xsd supports links -ead.css -schema2.xsl is a stylesheet you may use to preview your files as you encode them- -taro-aid.css
- EAD schema file and information about it is available at https://www.loc.gov/ead/eadschema.html
- XMetal Users: (download zip of files)-ead.dtd (place in rules folder) -ead.mcr (place in macros folder) -ead.ctm (place in rules folder) -ead.css (place in display folder) -charentmap.xml (place in main XMetal 3 folder) -eadcbs2.xsl (save to the display folder for use as a preview stylesheet) -taro-aid.css (save to the display folder)
- Non XMetal Users: (download zip of files)(keep in same directory with xml files) -ead.dtd -ead.css -eadcbs2.xsl -taro-aid.css
Creating EAD Finding Aid
- Begin editing with an EAD template file if desired (download a SCHEMA compliant XML finding aid template)
- Open the template file in the editor. (Note: If your set up is correct, the template should show up as being valid – use the validation tool to make sure)
- Follow TARO Best Practices Guidelines to encode the finding aid
- be sure to encode the <eadid> tag according to the guidelines, and that when you save your work, your filename is made to match the value in the <eadid>
- how do TARO filenames work?
- Check that your file is valid, using the XML editor’s validation tool, and save it
Uploading to TARO
- Open your Secure Shell Transfer software (or similar secure software), configured to access TARO
- Use your repository’s username and password (don’t have that info? contact Minnie Rangel at UT Libraries) to access your directory in TARO and drag and drop your file into it.
- See written detailed upload directions here, or download a brief screencast here.
- Note: the file will not show up on the public side until it is processed during the weekly processing, which typically happens on Tuesdays.