Archival Information Packet Structure

On February 18, 2014, in Research, by Chris Prom

When I teach the Society of American Archivists’ DAS Courses “Arranging and Describing Electronic Records,” participants spend a lot of time on exercises intended to help build knowledge about the concept of the archival information packet. The reason we do that is because I believe that once you understand the elements of the packet, you have a much better idea what the end product of your arrangement and description efforts should look like.  Each repository’s packet will look a little bit different since (1) the tools and technologies it uses are different, and (2)  DACS allows a lot of room for local practice and decision making. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been grappling with the need to revise and standardize an AIP will allow the University of Illinois ingest over 5TB of electronic files (both born digital and digital surrogates) into our library’s repository infrastructure.  Here is what I came up with  [updated May 6, 2014]:


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