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An open source archive software
Source Code:
License:GPL V2
Language:French, English
Input Formats:JPEG, PDF, PLY, PNG, TIFF, 3D, DAE
Output Formats:XML
Function:File Management,Metadata Extraction,Personal Archiving,Storage
Content type:3D,Metadata
Appears in COW:How to preserve your 3D data with the French National 3D Repository?, Long Term Archiving at the CINES



aLTAG3D ( a Long Term Archive Generator for 3D) is an open source software developed by the consortium "3D for Humanities" for the generation of long-term archive of 3D projects.

aLTAG3D can generate a SIP document in accordance with the requirements of the CND3D and CINES


Features for users (user documentation):

  • visual monitoring of the archiving progress: fill in all the red boxes (at least), so that they become green. 1 box = 1 metadata
  • intuitive workflow: built the right node tree for your data to be archived/preserved only by clicking and dragging the outputs
  • add easily your data: drag and drop your files to be archived/preserved in the user interface
  • semi-automatic detection of metadata: thanks to some plugins, technical metadata can be automatically retrieved
  • check the validity of your project: a button allow if every required information is filled in. If not, the box turn orange
  • generate a report of your project in one click, to keep track of your activity
  • generate your SIP in one click, every files will be placed in a new folder, with metadata written in XML.

It could now be transferred to the service who will be in charge of the conservation of your SIPs.

Features for developers (developer documentation):

  • open source: distributed under GPL V2 licence
  • documented: developer documentation and user documentation
  • flexible: the xsd file may be updated to validade different schema according to other SIP requierements
  • add-on: plugins ready. Useful to automatically fulfill the metadata based on your logic.


Videos Demonstration[edit]

Demonstration Link
First step : creation of a project in aLTAG3D
Last step : creation of the archive from the aLTAG3D project

User Experiences[edit]

aLTAG3D is now fully operational. It is tested and approved by the Consortium "3D for Humanities" as a complete solution for generating 3D archives. Archives produced by aLTAG3D had been successfully accepted by the CINES.

The tool has been tested in 2016 during the PARTHENOS workshop which the aim to promote and contribute to best practices, especially in the sharing, publication and preservation of 3D data in order to promote their interoperability and sustainability.The workshop has been a good opportunity to submit the tool to a discerning public composed by 16 participants from 15 institutions in 9 countries with various profiles. On this occasion, some points for improvements have been made and corrected since.

Development activity[edit]

Further Information[edit]

  • Share - Publish - Store - Preserve. Methodologies, Tools and Challenges for 3D Use in Social Sciences and Humanities. PARTHENOS. Share — Publish — Store — Preserve. Methodologies, Tools and Challenges for 3D Use in Social Sciences and HumanitiesA. A. M'Darhri, V. Baillet, B. Bourineau, A. Calantropio, G. Carpentiero, et al.. ], Feb 2019, Marseille, France. 2019. ⟨hal-02155055⟩