Ship compendia and metadata

Shipments are used to deliver compendia and their metadata to third party repositories or archives. This section covers shipment related requests, including repository file management.


The packaging of a compendium ensures a recipient can verify the integrity of the transported data. Currently, the shipment process always creates BagIt bags to package a compendium.

Supported recipients

Use the recipient endpoint to find out, which repositories are available and configured. The response is list of tuples with id and label of each repository. The id is the repository identifier to be used in requests to the /shipment endpoint, e.g. to define the recipient, while label is a human-readable text string suitable for display in user interfaces.

GET /api/v1/recipient


    "recipients": [{
        "id": "download",
        "label": "Download"
    }, {
        "id": "b2share_sandbox",
        "label": "Eudat b2share Sandbox"
    }, {
        "id": "zenodo_sandbox",
        "label": "Zenodo Sandbox"

An implementation may support one or more of the following repositories:

The download recipient is a surrogate to enable shipping to the user's local storage.

List shipments

This is a basic request to list all shipment identifiers.

GET /api/v1/shipment


["dc351fc6-314f-4947-a235-734ab5971eff", "..."]

You can also get only the shipment identifiers belonging to a compendium id (e.g. 4XgD97).

GET /api/v1/shipment?compendium_id=4XgD97

URL parameter:

  • compendium_id - the identifier of a specific compendium

["dc351fc6-314f-4947-a235-734ab5971eff", "..."]

Get a single shipment

GET /api/v1/shipment/dc351fc6-314f-4947-a235-734ab5971eff


  "last_modified": "2016-12-12 10:34:32.001475",
  "recipient": "zenodo",
  "id": "dc351fc6-314f-4947-a235-734ab5971eff",
  "deposition_id": "63179",
  "user": "0000-0002-1825-0097",
  "status": "shipped",
  "compendium_id": "4XgD97",
  "deposition_url": ""


Returned deposition URLs (property deposition_url) from Zenodo as well as Eudat b2share (records) will only be functional after publishing.

Create a new shipment

You can start a initial creation of a shipment, leading to transmission to a repository and creation of a deposition, using a POST request.

POST /api/v1/shipment

This requires the following parameters as multipart/form-data or application/x-www-form-urlencoded encoded data:

  • compendium_id (string): the id of the compendium
  • recipient (string): identifier for the repository

The following are optional parameters:

  • update_packaging (boolean, default: false): the shipment creation only succeeds if a valid package is already present under the provided compendium identifier, or if no packaging is present at all and a new package can be created. In case a partial or invalid package is given, this parameter can control the shipment creation process: If it is set to true, the shipment package is updated during the shipment creation in order to make it valid, if set to false the shipment creation results in an error.
  • cookie (string): an authentication cookie must be set in the request header, but it may also be provided via a cookie form parameter as a fallback
  • shipment_id (string): a user-defined identifier for the shipment (see id in response)

Required user level

The user sending the request to create a shipment must have the required user level.

Creation response

The response contains the shipment document, see Get a single shipment. Some of the fields are not available (have value null) until after publishing, e.g. deposition_url.


  "id": "9ff3d75e-23dc-423e-a6c6-6987ac5ffc3e",
  "recipient": "zenodo",
  "status": "shipped",
  "deposition_id": "79102"

If the recipient is the download surrogate, the response will be 202 and a zip stream with the Content type application/zip.


(zip stream starting point)

The download zip stream is also available under the url of the shipment plus /dl, once it has been created, e.g.:


Shipment status

A shipment can have three possible status:

  • shipped - a deposition has been created at a repository and completed the necessary metadata for publication.
  • published - the contents of the shipment are published on the repository, in which case the publishment can not be undone.
  • error - an error occurred during shipment or publishing.

To get only a shipment's current status you may use the sub-resource /status:

GET api/v1/shipment/<shipment_id>/status


"id": "9ff3d75e-23dc-423e-a6c6-6987ac5ffc3e",
"status": "shipped"

Publish a deposition

The publishment is supposed to have completed the status shipped where metadata requirements for publication have been checked.


Once published, a deposition can no longer be deleted on the supported repositories.

PUT api/v1/shipment/<shipment_id>/publishment


"id": "9ff3d75e-23dc-423e-a6c6-6987ac5ffc3e",
"status": "published"

Note that a publishment is not possible if the recipient is the download surrogate which immediately results in a zip stream as a response.

Files in a deposition

List deposition files

You can request a list of all files in a deposition and their properties with the sub-resource /publishment.

GET api/v1/shipment/<shipment_id>/publishment


"files": [{
    "filesize": 393320,
    "id": "bae2a60c-bd59-47e1-a443-b34bb7d0a981",
    "filename": "",
    "checksum": "702f4db3e53b22176d1d5ddcda462a27",
    "links": {
        "self": "",
        "download": ""

You can find the id of the file you want to interact with in this json list object at files[n].id, where n is the position of that file in the array. Files can be identified in this response by either their id in the depot, their filename or their checksum.

Delete a specific file from a deposition

You can delete files from a shipped shipment's deposition. You must state a file's identifier, which can be retrieved from the shipment's deposition files property id, as the file_id path parameter. Files for a published shipment usually cannot be deleted.

DELETE api/v1/shipment/<shipment_id>/files/<file_id>


Error responses


{"error":"bad request"}

{"error": "insufficient permissions"}