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Welcome to the web site of the Committee on Descriptive Standards, a committee of the International Council on Archives.Our site contains information about the Committee, its work, and publications. In some cases, documents have been translated into languages other than the working languages of the Committee, French and English, and these additional translations will be noted for you where they are available.

Please direct any questions or comments to the Committee’s Project Director and Secretary, Adrian Cunningham, at the following email address:, or c/o National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

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