[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Fwd: seeking clarification on transfer of digital objects between repositories

Jason Loeffler j at minorscience.com
Wed Feb 10 23:11:29 EST 2016

Hi Chris,

Thanks for picking this up.

Transferring a single resource and a.o. to a new repository does not
include any attached d.o. instances. They do not follow and their :id
parameters remain scoped to the origin repository. (This includes via the
UI or via API calls.)

I've transferred the d.o. manually (via the API) and they're properly
scoped now but have no means to reattach to containing a.o.

On the other hand, transferring an entire repository to the custody of
another repository transfers all d.o. and preserves the relationship with
the a.o.

I can't think of a use case in which you would want to transfer select
resources and a.o. from one repo to a new one while abandoning their d.o.
in the origin repo. But it's entirely possible I'm missing something.


On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 5:30 PM, Chris Fitzpatrick <
Chris.Fitzpatrick at lyrasis.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> Yeah....sorry, just got to look at this...
> There is a bit of conceptual thing here...a DO can be tied to multiple
> resources/AOs. It is also scoped to a repo. When you transfer the resource,
> does the DO follow? What if it's tied to another resource in the source
> repo?
> Does that make sense? I might be missing something obvious...
> b,chris.
> Chris Fitzpatrick | Developer, ArchivesSpace
> Skype: chrisfitzpat  | Phone: 918.236.6048
> http://archivesspace.org/
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> *From:* archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <
> archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> on behalf of
> Jason Loeffler <j at minorscience.com>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:03 AM
> *To:* Archivesspace Users Group
> *Subject:* [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Fwd: seeking clarification on
> transfer of digital objects between repositories
> Pursuant to AR-1405 <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1405>,
> can anyone replicate the issue or otherwise assist in this matter?
> In summary, during a resource-to-repository transfer, attached digital
> object instances are not transferred to new repository.
> Thanks, Jason
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jason Loeffler <j at minorscience.com>
> Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM
> Subject: seeking clarification on transfer of digital objects between
> repositories
> To: Archivesspace Users Group <
> archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
> Having a little trouble understanding what's going on with transferring
> digital objects between repos.
> A repository to repository transfer of archival objects works fine. All
> linked digital objects are successfully transferred. However, when a
> resource is transferred, linked digital objects are not transferred.
> For testing purposes, I've created a simple hierarchy of archival objects
> and linked a digital object to a child item. Using both the GUI and API,
> I've initiated a transfer of the top-level resource to a target repository.
> It appears that the associated digital objects are not included in the
> transfer to the target repository and are orphaned at the originating
> repository.
> I am unable to use the API to transfer the orphaned digital objects to the
> new repository because the association between the archival object and
> digital object no longer exists.
> This is described more completely in the attached gist
> <https://gist.github.com/minorscience/930fd457f0815b63defd>. I posted
> something related here
> <https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/browse/AR-1405>. (Not sure if that's
> the right place.)
> Can someone confirm whether there is some design principle I am missing?
> Many thanks, Jason
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