Packaging Format Comparison

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Packaging standards for digital content include:

  • SWORD focuses on wrapping content for ingest into a digital repository
  • ORE expresses relationships between parts of a complex object (aka "aggregation")
  • METS expresses relationships between metadata descriptions and media files, including specific offsets into the media files
  • BagIt aims to be lightweight, providing "just enough structure to safely enclose descriptive 'tags' and a 'payload'"

The draft specifications for package exchange, drawn up by Mike Graves: