Object-level PREMIS rights import

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The Rockefeller Archives Centre is a heavy user of the PREMIS rights functionality in Archivematica and therefore sponsored the development of this foundational feature. This feature will allow users to apply PREMIS rights to individual objects by including a CSV file with the transfer, rather than having all of the objects in the transfer inherit rights applied to the SIP via the Add Rights form in the metadata module.


  • Allow a user to include object-level PREMIS rights with an Archivematica transfer via a CSV file.
  • Enable those rights to be passed to the appropriate ArchivesSpace resources.

This work mirrors the method of passing object-level descriptive metadata to a transfer by including a CSV file

To further support RAC's Archivematica workflow, this feature also works with Archivematica's ArchivesSpace integration.


Once the feature is merged into a QA branch of the Archivematica project for public release, this content will be moved to the official Archivematica documentation.

1. Create PREMIS rights CSV file (rights.csv)

User creates a CSV file containing PREMIS rights information for the desired digital objects. The user will be able to enter multiple acts for the same rights basis. Rows for the same object with the same rights basis will be treated as separate acts for the basis and merged. For example, the first two rows below will be merged, while the third row will be separate.

file basis status determination_date jurisdiction start_date end_date terms citation note grant_act grant_restriction grant_start_date grant_end_date grant_note doc_id_type doc_id_value doc_id_role
image1.tif copyright copyrighted 2011-01-01 ca 2011-01-01 2013-12-31 Terms of copyright. Citation of copyright. Note about copyright. disseminate disallow 2011-01-01 2013-12-31 Grant note Copyright documentation identifier type. Copyright documentation identifier value. Copyright documentation identifier role.
document.pdf license 2000-09-09 2010-09-08 Terms of license. Note about license. migrate allow 2000-09-08 Grant note License documentation identifier type. License documentation identifier value. License documentation identifier role.

2. Add rights.csv to transfer directory

The rights.csv file should be placed inside your transfer's metadata folder. Note that the sample folder structure below may not exactly reflect your directory structure, depending on your transfer requirements.

archivesspaceids.csv (optional)