November 22, 2017

InfoTech: OCLC Offering Long-Term Digital Archive Storage

By Josh Hadro

  • Provides offsite managed storage of digital archive “master files” and the services necessary to keep libraries’ data safe in original state.
  • Program is fully managed and remotely hosted backup for original digital content.
  • Files can be uploaded directly into the storage servers via Connexion.

Digital archives may solve the problem of scarcity and delicacy inherent with many physical archives, but that doesn’t mean that lasting preservation isn’t a major concern. OCLC last week announced a new version of its Digital Archive service for the “long-term storage of libraries’ digital collections,” providing offsite managed storage of digital archive “master files” and the relevant services necessary to keep libraries’ data safe in its original state.

Unlike other backup and storage options, such as the open source and membership-funded LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe), OCLC’s program is a fully managed and remotely hosted backup for original digital content. The OCLC Digital Archive includes monthly reports that verify file integrity. Hoping to fit into the existing workflow of many digital archives, the service enables files to be uploaded directly into the storage servers via Connexion, the popular OCLC cataloging interface integrated with WorldCat, as well as through CONTENTdm’s digital collections management software for libraries.

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