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Learning object summary

This is an exercise that asks students to take the steps outlined in the OSSArcFlow Guide to Documenting Born-Digital Archival Workflows, a guide intended to assist collecting institutions to begin documenting their born-digital workflows, and map them to functional entities in the OAIS Reference Model. This lesson uses and adapts deliverables from the OSSArcFlow project (IMLS, 2017-2020).


Hannah Wang




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Learning objectives

This learning object might be used in a lesson to satisfy the following learning objectives:

  • Design a born-digital archiving workflow.


Prerequisite knowledge required: Some knowledge of digital preservation concepts (including OAIS) is helpful

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  • Virtual, synchronous
  • Virtual, asynchronous
  • In-person

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OSSArcFlow Guide to OAIS mapping exercise


  1. Read p. 10-29 in the OSSArcFlow Guide to Documenting Born-Digital Archival Workflows
  2. Using the Detailed Description of Functional Entities in the OAIS Reference Model (section 4.1.1), map each of the steps in the OSSArcFlow Guide to the OAIS functional entities.

Discussion questions

  1. Which parts of the OAIS Reference Model are represented in the OSSArcFlow Guide? Which parts are not represented?
  2. Were there any steps in the OSSArcFlow Guide that could not be mapped to OAIS functional entities?
  3. Who is the audience for the OAIS Reference Model? Who is the audience for the OSSArcFlow Guide?
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