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Work Package Lead

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

What the Work Package is Doing

This work package intends to specify an archival information package format (AIP) and implement the conversion of a submission information package (SIP) into an AIP that complies with the format specification.

The AIP format specifies a directory hierarchy providing a clear separation between the actual content to be preserved, the metadata describing the content, and the preservation metadata recording digital provenance information.

The goal is to offer a highly flexible and extensible structure together with a best practice approach of using metadata for structuring and preserving archival information packages on the long-term. Special attention is paid to the requirement of being able to handle very large data sets which have to be split into several parts because it is not possible to archive them as a single coherent unit.

The implementation of the SIP to AIP conversion represents a prototype implementation of the specified AIP format and is based on architectural principles allowing for scalable and parallelised information package transformation. In this sense, the work package develops a SIP to AIP conversion software based on modular conversion components in order to enable information package transformation most appropriate for each information package type (e.g. ERMS, database, GIS. etc.).

Highlights to Date

  • First version of the AIP format specification published
  • Vocabulary Manager deployed and online
  • MoReq2010 Validator deployed and online
  • Initial assessment of pilots published

Upcoming Highlights

  • Service for validating a MoReq SIP
  • Ability to map MoReq exports with E-ARK SIPs and consequently with E-ARK AIPs
  • SIP to AIP conversion as part of the integrated prototype
  • AIP pilot specification will be published
  • Recommendations for OLAP related data transformations during SIP to AIP conversion

Public Deliverables

Conference Papers/Publications

  • WP4 Presentation, DLM-Forum Members Meeting, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 14-15 October, 2015.

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