Authority Editor now available online November 25, 2010

Screenshot, Authority Editor

State Records is working to unlock the information contained within retention and disposal authorities by adopting XML as the preferred format for drafting and publication. Authority Editor is an open source application for drafting and transforming authorities in XML. This application is now freely available for download online.

Why XML?

XML is an open, flexible, widely supported and robust format. For State Records, an XML format has several advantages including single source publishing, greater accessibility of approved retention and disposal authorities, and an improved capacity for controlling and managing authorities over time.

An XML format will benefit agencies by:

  • producing retention and disposal authorities in a format that can be more easily ingested by electronic recordkeeping systems
  • automating drafting tasks such as sorting, numbering and styling
  • allowing greater freedom in the choice of tools used to create and manage retention and disposal authorities (such as tools developed by State Records, XML editors, commercial software applications or custom tools developed by agencies and consultants).

Authority Editor

Authority Editor is a full implementation of State Records’ XML schema for retention and disposal authorities. It includes a form entry view with tree navigation for simple inputting of data, a ‘review view’ that provides a readable view for easily navigating and reviewing XML documents, and a transform engine that applies XSL stylesheets to authorities to generate HTML, MS Word or edited versions.

You may be interested in using Authority Editor if you are currently drafting, or are about to draft, a functional retention and disposal authority for submission to State Records. Authority Editor can also be used to convert existing approved retention and disposal authorities to XML, for example to take advantage of its export functionality.

For more information about State Records’ XML schema for retention and disposal authorities, visit the disposal pages on State Records’ website. To download Authority Editor, visit the Authority Editor website.

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