binary encoding [English]

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InterPARES Definition

n. ~ 1. IP2 · The process of converting data into electronic signals for computer storage and processing purposes. – 2. PaaST (BinaryEncoding) · A specification of how an intellectual entity is digitally encoded and how the bit strings that contain that encoding should be processed in order to instantiate the intellectual entity in a form that enables it to convey information as intended.


  • PaaST (1.0) 2017 (†860 p. 15): An Instantiation is related to only one BinaryEncoding, a logical consequence of the fact that a BinaryEncoding corresponds to only one IntellectualEntity. The BinaryEncoding represents the entity; the Instantiation expresses it. But a BinaryEncoding may have more than one Instantiation because the BinaryEncoding may be used to generate successive Instantiations over time. Moreover, an IntellectualEntity may have different Instantiations. (†2453)
  • PaaST (1.0) 2017 (†860 p. 21): It might seem that HumanReadableIntellectualEntity is equivalent to Manifestation and MachineReadableIntellectualEntity equivalent to RuntimeVersion. However, the two pairs are correlated, but not equivalent. A MachineReadableIntellectualEntity has only a RuntimeVersion, while a HumanReadableIntellectualEntity has both a RuntimeVersion and a Manifestation. Neither form of Instantiation is persistent. Both Machine- and HumanReadableIntellectualEntities are expressed in Binary Encodings. (†2463)