Data Arrangement

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Definition Data Arrangement is the process of grouping digital objects by a well defined property(s). Digital objects with the same property may be grouped into a logical collection. By browsing the collection, related or similar digital objects can be identified.
Explanation There are at least two types of arrangement to note:

One derives temporally from the original arrangement (in archival terms “respect du fonds”) of the data and could be described by provenance metadata. For a record series, this corresponds to the data's position in the original series. The intent is to be able to track the order in which records are deposited into an archive over time.

A second kind is less of temporal arrangement and is an organization as in a digital library analogous to how a library organizes books on a shelf - by subject and author. In a digital library, files are organized by subject, title or author properties etc. . Each collection represents some unifying property associated with all of the collection files. The unifying property is quite arbitrary. Related terms: collection, property

Note that an arrangement can be the result of a query on descriptive metadata. The result of the query can be listed along with other query results, creating a virtual collection that can be browsed.

Examples In the SCEC project, files were organized by the simulation (computational analysis that was executed). For each simulation, there were input files, output files, visualizations, movies, …
Scope Practical Policy WG
Status New