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Export Targets


The fields discussed in this section can be accessed from the Manifold backend by selecting Settings from the main menu and then Export Targets in the submenu.

Only users logged in with Admin role can access this view.

What are Export Targets?#

Manifold Projects can be packaged up and exported via SFTP to preservation agencies or institutional repositories for long-term digital preservation. Export Targets represent those destinations Manifold will be able to connect and securely deliver Project materials. See the Exports section for details about the process and form of these exports.

Adding and Editing Targets#

The Add a new export target button opens a drawer from the right where new Export Targets are configured. These settings should be confirmed with the target repository in question. Existing Export Targets appear in this view as a paginated list. When a Target listing is selected the configuration options will again be available for edit.

A Target’s Name is arbitrary and intended for internal use, distinguishing between various Export Targets. The name is listed in this view and in the dropdown field of the Exports menu within a Project.

The Format of the Target Name is described with variables and determines the top-level filename of the exported archive. It does not affect the structure or content of the export in any way. The default value for this field is %s.%e, which, using the variables definitions below, equates to project-slug.extension.

There are two dropdown options currently available that outline the Type of transfer: SFTP with Key Authentication and SFTP with Password Authentication. These are determined by the preservation agency. Select the appropriate based on whether the archive is supplying a key to authenticate with or a password. Other possibilities are viable for implementation, whether for cloud systems or institutional repositories.

Likewise, the SFTP Host value will be supplied to you by the repository accepting your content, and will likely take a format akin to ftp.{ArchiveName}.{domain}.

The default SFTP Port value, 22, is the standard that most secure servers will be listening to for transfers of this kind. If the preservation agency does not specify a port for the transfer, you can safely assume they are listening on port 22 and leave this field as is.

The value of the SFTP Username is unaffected by the Type of transfer and will be set up for you by the preservation agency. This field is case sensitive.

Depending on transfer Type, the system will provide a field for a SFTP Private Key or SFTP Password. The Key is a “paste-in” field, meaning the preservation agency will supply you with their key that you can then paste into the field to complete the configuration. Likewise, they will provide you with the password they set for these transactions so that you can push content from your instance to their repository. The Password field is case sensitive.

Export Variables#

Variables are letters combined with the percent character (%); the rest of the Target Name Format can be described using the same characters available for file naming generally. The table below represents the current variables available. We could conceivably add more options if needed.

%dDate2020-03-06This is the date the export was created.
%eExtension.zipPresently this will always be .zip. In the future we may support different formats beyond the Bagit specification.
%iProject ID059a4e9d-2152-4ae5-816d-41891d4dccd1This is a Manifold-generated globally unique ID that is visible only in the URL (appearing after projects/) when viewing the project in the backend.
%IExport ID071be7e7-f8a3-4bb3-845a-affb0f9e4c77A globally unique ID that Manifold generates for each export at the time of export.
%nProject NameMetagamingThe name of the Manifold project being exported. We would caution against using this variable as part of the export name. Project names often contain spaces that will likely cause problems downstream from the export.
%sProject SlugmetagamingA project's slug is the customizable URL suffix that publishers can set in project's Properties sidebar view.
%tTime (including date)2020-03-06T220927The date and time the export was created in (RFC 3339 format). The numbers following the T represent the time according to the UTC standard.
%uUNIX Timestamp1583532567The UNIX timestamp, which measures (in seconds) from January 1, 1970 UTC.

For the technically inclined, the available input values are also described by this table in the Manifold repository.

Export Schemes for Directory Paths#

It is possible in the present scheme to provide directory paths in the Target Name Format field. For example, to provide some nice organization you could input %s/%d/%I%e to return the following:


This could potentially allow an archive to put the export archive file in a derived directory that uses those same formatting parameters. Thus the same export target could be used for a dozen projects that a repository could sort into different directories, rather than all just going into the same directory.