Linking Data and “Metadata”: Packaging



OAIS describes packaging at a high level, as outlined in Sect. 6.3.4, where it is stressed that the package is a logical structure, i.e. does not have to be a single file. Despite stressing the logical structure, it can be useful to package digital objects – let’s say files – together in a single file, for example a ZIP [142] file. However if one simply did that then there would be no indication of the relationship between the files, so there must be some mechanism for specifying the relationship. In any practical system one needs to encode the links somehow.


Digital Object Logical Structure European Space Agency Single File Information Package 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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    Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR)
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    PARADIGM project, Workbook on Digital Private Papers.
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    Song S, JaJa J (2007) ACE: a Novel Software Platform to Ensure the Long Term Integrity of Digital Archives. Available from
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    DCC Workshop on .Persistent Identifiers Available at
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    UUID (Universally Unique IDentifier)
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    Handle System web site

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.STFC and Alliance for Permanent AccessYetminster, DorsetUK

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