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Archival Information Package (AIP) Draft Specification

Rörden, Jan; Thaller, Manfred; Lauritzen, Torben; Aas, Kuldar; Anderson, Janet; Anderson, David

This report builds on the overview of existing solutions for AIPs given in D4.1. It describes a blueprint for the structure of an AIP format following from the state of the art described there. As an AIP has a potentially unlimited life span, however, we augment the presentation of the format of the physical file representing the AIP by a discussion of how such an AIP may keep an unchanged identity, while its physical representation may change over time. A “Pan-European AIP format” is supposed to handle essentially each type of digital content a user may want it to contain. It is obviously impossible, to describe in a format document, how content not yet known will be handled. The document, therefore, also contains a chapter on the way in which this format is embedded into the technical workflow within which an AIP exists. 

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