Release of the Canadian Archival Accession Information Standard (CAAIS)

Dear colleagues,

The National Archival Accession Standard Working Group (NAASWG) is pleased to announce the completion of its multi-year project to write a content standard for archival accession information. The standard is posted on the NAASWG space on the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) website. It can be accessed through the following link:

Writing the standard was an iterative process. There remains a possibility of future revisions after the archival community has implemented this work across diverse archival environments.

I wish to thank the members of the working group who gave freely of their time to research and compose the standard. The working group is also grateful to those who shared their accession policies and responded to our surveys to better inform and design the standard. Finally, the NAASWG is would like to thank the CCA and the InterPARES Trust for their administrative and financial support.

A French version of the standard will follow shortly.


Raymond Frogner
Chair, National Archival Accession Standard Working Group