Adoption of “BagIt” standard for Ingest and Export of Digital Objects

As alluded to in a previous post, the Library’s Digital Collections platform recently underwent a relatively major change – adopting the “BagIt” specification, developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), for ingest and export of our digital objects. Impetus for this change came form meeting with a potential future content producer for the platform, thinking about how to model, ingest, provide access to, and preserve their content over time. With only an ad-hoc ingest process in place, we knew more formalized ingest procedures would be needed down the road, and this was a prefect opportunity to lay the groundwork for those. Addressing ingest workflows required stepping back and identifying all points in the system this would effect. Precisely because the effects were far reaching – spanning from changing how assets are organized for ingest, through storage and management in the repository, all the way to their display on the front-end – adopting a widely used standard such as BagIt has had a very positive and normalizing impact on the Digital Collections platform as a whole.

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