E-ARK AIP Specification
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E-ARK AIP Specification

This repository holds information about the Archival Information Package (AIP) format specification maintained by the DLM Archival Standards Board (http://www.dasboard.eu).


Key objectives of this specification are:

  • To define a generic structure of the AIP format in a way that it is suitable for a wide variety of data types, such as document and image collections, archival records, databases or geographical data.
  • To recommend a set of metadata related to the structural and the preservation aspects of the AIP as implemented by the reference implementation (earkweb).
  • To ensure the format is also suitable to store large quantities of data.

Target audience

The target audiences for this specification are records creators, archival institutions and software providers that are willing to implement or update their AIP format specification.

Structure of this repository

In this repository you may find an "examples" folder that holds examples of AIPs, and a "specs" folder containing the source files of the specification document.

You may also find issues found on the documentation submitted by implementers of the specification. This issues will be reviewed by the DAS Board and will be taken into account during the review process of this specification.