DUBLIN, Ohio, April 15, 2008-OCLC is now providing a Digital Archive service for long-term storage of originals and master files from libraries' digital collections.
The Digital Archive service is simplified to fit with a variety of digital library workflows and to keep the costs of safely storing these important files within the budget of a library's digital program. The service will provide automated monitoring and reports on stored digital collections.
OCLC has been leading preservation efforts in the library community with digital archive services since 2001. The Digital Archive service builds on that experience. OCLC has integrated the service to fit typical workflows for building and managing digital collections.
"We're moving the Digital Archive service from its theoretical roots into a mainstream production service with practical applications supporting the work that digital library programs must do today," said Greg Zick, Vice President, OCLC Digital Collection Services. "The Digital Archive Service gives libraries a clear solution for long-term protection of their digital data."
The service provides a secure storage environment for libraries to easily manage and monitor master files and digital originals. The importance of preserving master files grows as a library's digital collections grow. Libraries need a workflow for capturing and managing master files that finds a balance between the acquisition of both digitized and born-digital content while not outpacing a library's capability to manage these large files.
"The Montana Historical Society has chosen the Digital Archive service as the storage facility for our digital collections," said Molly Kruckenberg, Research Center Director. "The ease of adding materials through Connexion and the secure, managed storage make the Digital Archive service the ideal solution for our needs."
Connexion is the OCLC tool that allows catalogers to perform original and copy cataloging with WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive bibliographic database.
The Digital Archive service is a specially designed system in a controlled operating environment dedicated to the ongoing managed storage of digital content. OCLC has developed specific systems processes and procedures for the service tuned to the management of data for the long term.
From the time content arrives, the Digital Archive systems begin inspecting it to ensure continuity. OCLC systems perform quality checks and record the results in a "health record" for each file. Automated systems revisit these quality checks periodically so libraries receive up-to-date reports on the health of the collection. OCLC provides monthly updated information for all collections on the personal archive report portal.
For users of CONTENTdm, OCLC's digital collection management software for libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, the Digital Archive service is an optional capability integrated with various workflows for building collections. Master files are secured for ingest to the Digital Archive service using the CONTENTdm Acquisition Station, the Connexion digital import capability and the Web Harvesting service.
For users of other content management systems, the Digital Archive service provides a low-overhead mechanism for safely storing master files.
Libraries or other cultural heritage institutions interested in more information about the OCLC Digital Archive Service should contact Taylor Surface, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 60,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.