Indigo

INDIGO is a desktop application used by staff to deposit digital objects and associated metadata to our digital preservation repository, the National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA).

INDIGO — a submission tool

INDIGO (INgest DIGital Objects) is a tool used for manual and semi-automatic deposit tasks. INDIGO was developed by our digital preservation programme to enable staff to load digital objects into our digital preservation repository, the National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA).

INDIGO supports steps to prepare content for ingest, arrangement description and facilitates bulk deposit of content to the NDHA.

Below is a high-level overview of the end-to-end INDIGO process. The diagram mentions an intellectual entity. An intellectual entity consists of all the files that relate to a single item. An intellectual entity can be a single file, for example, a scan of a painting or it can be many files that make up a whole item, for example, all the scanned pages of a book.

Prepare files for loading, find related record, load files into INDIGO, create intellectual entity, load intellectual entity into DPS

INDIGO is open source

INDIGO is a java application. The tool contains a GUI that allows users to easily create very complex digital objects using METS structure maps.

The INDIGO (manual deposit) was released as open-source software and can be downloaded from GitHub.

INDIGO (manual deposit) on GITHub


Our INDIGO manuals and documents

We have developed a number of manuals and documents to support our staff who use INDIGO. Please note that these documents are working documents and therefore subject to change.

INDIGO User Guide

The 'NDHA INDIGO User Guide' has been developed to assist National Library staff to use INDIGO to load digital objects into the preservation system.

NDHA INDIGO User Guide version 3.1 (pdf, 3.2MB)

INDIGO Version 3.1: New features, fixed, known issues and workarounds

The 'Indigo Version 3.1: New features, fixed, known issues and workarounds' document lists all:

  • new features
  • improvements
  • fixed defects, and
  • existing defects in the current version of INDIGO. A workaround is described if known.

INDIGO Version 3.1: New features, fixed, known issues and workarounds (pdf, 1.8MB)