Thursday, March 6, 2014

xEAC beta 2014a ready for testing

I have finally gotten xEAC to a stage where I feel it is ready for wider testing (and I have updated the installation documentation). This has been a few months coming, since I had intended to release the beta shortly after MARAC in November. The xEAC documentation can be found here:


  • Create, edit, publish EAC-CPF documents. Most, but not all, EAC-CPF elements are supported.
  • Public user interface migrated to bootstrap 3 to support mobile devices.
  • Maps and timelines for visualization of life events.
  • Basic faceted search and Solr-based Atom feed in the UI.
  • Export in EAC-CPF, KML, and rudimentary RDF/XML. HTML5+RDFa available in entity record pages.
  • Manage semantic relationships between identities ( Target records are automatically updated with symmetrical or inverse relationships, where relevant, and relationships are expressed in the RDF output. TODO: parse relationship ontologies defined in RDF (e.g., for use in xEAC.

REST interactions

The XForms engine interacts with the following web services to import name authorities, biographical, or geographic information:

When the OCLC linked data service supports queries by VIAF URI, I will create a lookup widget to provide lists of related bibliographic resources.

TODO list

I aim to improve xEAC over the following months and incorporate the following:
  • Finish form: Represent all EAC-CPF elements and attributes
  • Test for scalability
  • Interface with more APIs in the editing interface
  • Employ SPARQL endpoint for more sophisticated querying and visualization, automatically publish to SPARQL on EAC-CPF record save.
  • Improve public interface, especially searching and browsing
  • Incorporate social network graph visualization (see SPARQL, above)
  • Follow evolving best practices in RDF, support export in TEI for prosopographies ( and CIDOC-CRM.
  • Interact with SNAC or international entity databases which evolve from it.

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