Submission Information Package (SIP)

The E-ARK Submission Information Package (SIP) specification describes the pan-European standard for packaging data and metadata for submission. The specification is built on and reuses fully the Common Specification for Information Packages but extends it with aspects relevant to submissions. More explicitly the SIP specification defines straightforward possibilities for extending the initial set of data and metadata with information which is created for the submission, like for example metadata about the agents who have been involved in the creation of the packages.

The target group for this document are records creators, archival institutions and software providers creating or updating their SIP format specifications.

If you are interested in our work and want to provide feedback please contact us either by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave your comments on GitHub!

Download the E-ARK SIP!

Current version 

E-ARK SIP v2.0.0 (May 31, 2019)


Historic versions

E-ARK SIP v1.4 (February 1, 2017)

E-ARK SIP Pilot Specification (E-ARK deliverable 3.3. January 28, 2016)

E-ARK SIP Draft Specification (E-ARK deliverable 3.2. January 30, 2015)