By Trisha Cruse, Director of Digital Preservation

The CDL Digital Preservation Group, under the leadership of John Kunze, has co-developed with the Library of Congress a format for transferring digital content.  “The BagIt format specification is based on the concept of ‘bag it and tag it,’ where digital content is packaged (the bag) along with a small amount of machine-readable text (the tag) to help automate the content’s receipt, storage and retrieval.  There is no software to install.  BagIt is an attempt to simplify large-scale data transfers between cultural institutions.”

Find at more from the Library of Congress press release:
http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/news/2008/20080602news_article_bagit.html

The full BagIt specification is available at http://www.cdlib.org/inside/diglib/bagit/bagitspec.html