I suggest that you post this question to digipres list (ALA list) where many digital archivists and digital preservation folks will see you message and can respond from that perspective. Also, don't forget the concept of the AIC (archival information collection) which is an aggregate of AIPs.
I would recommend connecting with Scholar's Portal in Canada. They have an Archivematica workflow that is very item level (article = 1 SIP) and have experience and many lessons learned about the issues regarding performance, management, and scale of having one item in a SIP/AIP. Grant and Kate from SP recently did a presentation on their approach: http://charlotteinitiative.uncc.edu/sites/default/files/users/2477/presentations/davis-hurley-charlotteslides.pdf
Also keep in mind that the purpose of the AIP is for long-term preservation that accumulates both metadata and changes to file formats over time. The DIP (Dissemination information package) is the xIP for which you may want to have a 1 xIP = 1 item relationship. The DIP is created from that AIP (in the ideal workflow) so you can have 100 DIPs generated from a single AIP (that contains the 100 image files, etc.)
It's the management burden of having thousands upon thousands of AIPs that will become the bottleneck / digital management problem in the future. Aggregate solutions for digital files, even and especially for digitized material are more the norm than individual xIPs.
Kari R. Smith
Digital Archivist and Program Head for Born-digital Archives
Institute Archives and Special Collections
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts
617.253.5690 smithkr at mit.edu http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/ @karirene69
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] SIP/AIP Content Guidelines
Can anyone point me to guidelines or best practices documentation around creating SIPs for transfer to archival storage? What does an ideal AIP look like for digitized cultural heritage materials?
I'd like to set up a pipeline that sends single object (e.g. one photograph, one book) SIPs from our digitization workflow to Archivematica for automated transfer to archival storage. Here's a brief slide deck outlining the approach I'm envisioning:
I welcome any thoughts that you all may have on this, especially about pitfalls to avoid.