The process starts with XML. This can come from a propriety system as an XML dump or from an OAI-PMH harvest, it does not matter. The only thing that matters is that the XML is encoded in UTF-8 and that there is a clear record structure.
Load the XML into the Delving SIP-Creator. Here the XML is analyzed and statistics are generated to give a very clear picture of the data.
The process of mapping - in its simplest form - is a matter of pointing and clicking. Click on a field in the source data and then point to a corresponding field in the output structure. More complex mappings are also possible. For example: combining several input fields to one output field, or splitting the data of one input field into multiple output fields. Another common use-case is adding string constants (perhaps for generating URL's to images) or reformatting dates. Once the mapping is complete and validated, it is ready to be upload to the Culture-Hub.
The Culture-Hub is where the uploaded data (now called a Dataset) is managed. A Dataset definition is first created containing its basic information. Then the source data and the mapping is uploaded from the SIP-Creator to the Culture-Hub. Multiple Datasets can be uploaded and managed and there is even the possibility to create Virtual Collections from queries combining different Datasets.