User type: anyone, as long as you have permissions

Regarding the download of a copy of the PIA, which is called the user information packet (PIC), depending on the access regime, the PIC can be downloaded in the following formats:

  • PIC download URL. The purpose is for the user to be able to copy this URL and send it to users (who need permission to access it) or save it as metadata in the file management applications available to the user (similar to the concept of topographic address in traditional archives).


  • PIC in XML-METS format that includes only PIA metadata. In this case it is an XML file


  • ZIP that includes both metadata (mets.xml file) and the documents that are part of it, as well as an HTML viewer to view the XML file in a friendly way.


PIC display when downloaded in ZIP format

Once you've unzipped the ZIP file, you'll see that the structure of the query information package is similar to this one:

  • One or more folders called “BIN…” will contain as many documents and signatures as there are in the information pack.
  • A folder called "Viewer" that includes the XSLT configuration files.
  • A file called "mets.xml" which is the representation of the PIA in Mets format and includes all the metadata associated with the package.
  • A file called "SEAL.xml" which is the signature generated by iArxiu to ensure the integrity of the PIA at the time of entry.
  • A file called "mets.html" which is the HTML viewer.

In order to view the HTML viewer, you need to open the file called "mets.html" and at that moment the viewer will open in the corresponding web browser:


From the viewer you can consult all the metadata associated with the information package, as well as consult / download the documents that are part of it. It can be seen that many of the metadata appear at first "hidden" as the viewer works with boxes that expand and contract.