Week 7: AIP Caramba!


XKCD, 'Flow Charts', Licensed via Creative Commons. XKCD, ‘Flow Charts’, Licensed via Creative Commons.

As mentioned in our earlier post on OAIS workflows, this week we also looked at creating an AIP (Archive Information package). An AIP combines the target object for preservation, along with the metadata necessary to both access and preserve it within an OAIS system. We chose to use a pdf of an Ordnance Survey Map as we felt that this item was a good (nice and simple!) example of a digital item which may require ingest into an OAIS.

It was interesting to get an idea of just how much metadata and information should be recorded alongside the data object itself. What we provided was in no way exhaustive, and there are undoubtedly lots of bits of metadata which fall within the Preservation Description Information which would be specific to context. For example, it may include details of actions which have occurred…

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