eArchiving technical specifications describe open formats for packaging data and metadata to ensure interoperability of archival solutions and data repositories.
The most common principles and requirements are presented separately within the E-ARK Common Specification for Information Packages (CSIP). The eArchiving specifications are being maintained by DILCIS Board where you can get further information and get access to latest and previous versions of the specification documents in PDF format.
The following diagram shows the E-ARK specification dependency hierarchy.
At the root is the Common Specification for Information Packages (CSIP), which defines the general format requirements that must be met by all other specifications in the hierarchy.
One level below are the OAIS package type specifications for the transfer to archival repositories (E-ARK SIP), for the preservation over extended periods (E-ARK AIP) and for the reuse of archived content (E-ARK DIP).
At the bottom of the diagram are the so called Content Information Type Specifications (CITS) which describe formats and recommendations for specific application domains, such as geographic data (CITS Geospatial), relational databases (CITS SIARD), and health (CITS eHealth1 Patient Medical Records), just to name a few. Note that the image only shows a selection of the published CITS.
Below is a list of the most important specifications. The links lead to an overview page of the specifications on the DILCIS Board website where you can find the current version as well as all previous versions.
Examples for the Content Information Type Specifications (CITS) are the following:
- E-ARK Content Information Type Specification for Electronic Records Management Systems (CITS ERMS)
- E-ARK Content Information Type Specification for digital geospatial data records archiving (CITS Geospatial)
- E-ARK Content Information Type Specification for Relational Databases using SIARD (CITS SIARD)
Finally, there are specifications which can be used in combination with any of the above mentioned specifications to ensure interoperability of descriptive and preservation metadata:
- E-ARK Common Specification for Archival Information (CS Archival)
- E-ARK Common Specification for Preservation metadata (CS Preservation
|On GitHub you can follow latest updates and developments regarding E-ARK Specifications and E-ARK Software, Services, and Tools.|
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