digital archival object

n. (DAO, abbr.)DescriptionAn empty linking element in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) that uses the attributes ENTITYREF or XLINK to connect the finding aid information to electronic representations of the described materials.


Digital archival objects include graphic images, audio or video clips, images of text pages, and electronic transcriptions of text. The objects can be selected examples, or digital surrogates of all the materials in an archival collection or series.