Section B: Transfer and Validation
The Transfer and Validation section of the Ingest Guide describes the actions needed for the Archive and a Producer to deposit records into a preservation system. This portion of the Ingest Guide describes the actual transfer, validation, and transformation work of an Ingest Project. The steps for transfer, validation, and transformation are defined by Submission Agreements created in Step A.
This section is composed of six parts. During Part B1 the Producer packages the appropriate records in a Submission Information Package (SIP) with the proper metadata, as stipulated in the Submission Agreement. Once the Archive has received the SIP during Part B2, Automated Validation, it must verify the integrity, completeness, and correctness of the transfer and validate that the transferred records conform to the requirements of the Submission Agreement and to technical file format standards. This includes validating the SIP against the requirements of the Submission Agreement. Then in Part B3, Transform and Attach Metadata, the Archive transforms the records and attaches any needed metadata as prescribed by the Submission Agreement. In Part B4, AIP Formation, the Archive assembles the records involved in the Ingest Project into Archival Information Packages (AIPs). In Part B5, Final Appraisal, the Archive makes a final check of the records and the metadata in the AIP to ensure that they conform to the rules of the Archive and are indeed the records described in the Submission Agreement. Finally in Part B6, Formal Accession, the Archive formally accessions the records into the Preservation System and notifies the Producer of this formal accession.
Part B6 is the final step of the Ingest Guide and is the last step of an Ingest Project.
The Ingest Guide uses the OAIS definition of SIP: "An Information Package that is delivered by the Producer to the OAIS for use in the construction of one or more AIPs."7 It also uses the OAIS definition of AIP: "An Information Package, consisting of the Content Information and the associated Preservation Description Information (PDI), which is preserved within an OAIS."
7 ISO 14721:2003
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