Agile Business Objects Management Application for Electronic Records Archive Transfer Process
Quyen L. Nguyen
National Archives and Records Administration, Systems Engineering Division of ERA Program Management Office
In order to continue to fulfill its mission in the information technology age, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has made the decision to develop the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system. One of the goals is to provide to the archivists a modernized system with automatic workflow that can streamline the digital archive business process.
For an archival system, Ingest is one of the core components. As part of the ingest process, this component would allow the record Producer to negotiate submission agreement before transferring digital materials into the system. Within the framework of a service-oriented architecture with business process management, the ERA system uses XML to represent business objects and metadata. In this paper, we will show how the synergetic combination of XForms and Genericode makes the system agile and responsive to business user requirements. Furthermore, the approach fits well with ERA's design principle to use international and industry standards, and facilitates the integration of XML business objects and the electronic records metadata. We believe that the standard-based approach of XForms+Genericode exposed in this paper can be generalized to develop any e-Forms system with a set of control values and vocabularies.