6.1.1 INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES
An independent Archive is assumed to serve only a single Designated Community. The Archive and the Designated Community must agree on the design of DIPs and Finding Aids. An independent Archive may choose to design these structures based on formal or de-facto standards, which would allow cooperation with other Archives that implement the same standards. However, the design decisions to use these standards are not based on the possibility of inter-operation with other Archives, but rather on local requirements and cost savings.
The classification of an Archive as independent is not based on its size or distributed functionality. An independent Archive may occupy one site, or may be physically distributed over many sites. It may use many standards for a given internal element. However, if there is no interaction with other Archives, the Archive is independent.