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We are delighted to announce the launch of Binder, a web-based tool for managing preserved collections in a digital repository. Binder was developed in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and is designed to handle complex relationships between the various components of software-based artworks, video games, multimedia files and other multi-component works. Read more at MoMA’s Inside/Out blog, or go straight to the demo!

Registration is available for Hot Topics: The DuraSpace Community Webinar Series, “Digital Preservation with ArchivesDirect: Ready, Set, Go!”

Curated and Presented by Artefactual Systems, Sarah Romkey, Systems Archivist and Courtney Mumma, Consultant, US and International Community Development

Earlier this year Artefactual Systems and the DuraSpace organization launched ArchivesDirect, a complete hosted solution for preserving valuable institutional collections and all types of digital resources. Ensuring that your digital holdings remain both safe and accessible for future generations at prices that you can afford makes ArchivesDirect the best choice for one-stop durable, safe and cost effective long-term preservation and storage.

The powerful, combined Archivematica plus DuraCloud, ArchivesDirect service manages and preserves digital objects by providing tools and services for ingest, preservation, storage and maintenance over time. This series provides detailed insights into developing institutional workflows to get ready, get set and go forward with using ArchivesDirect to preserve and store valuable digital content over time.

This series consists of 2, 1-hour webinars:

Digital Preservation with ArchivesDirect: Ready, Set…
Thursday, May 14, 1:00PM Eastern

The first in a series of two, this webinar is for institutions interested in how to get started preparing their digital content for preservation using the ArchivesDirect hosted service. We will discuss how to gather the right information about your content so that you are ready to process it through Archivematica’s digital preservation system and DuraCloud’s storage service and will include specific use case scenarios. Attendees will come away with an understanding of the steps needed to get born digital and digitized content, along with its metadata, staged for ingest and archival storage.

Digital Preservation with ArchivesDirect: Go!
Tuesday, May 26, 1:00PM Eastern

The second in a series of two, this webinar will show institutions how to process their content through a digital preservation system (Archivematica) and store it in DuraCloud. We will briefly review some use case scenarios discussed in the first part of the series, and then demonstrate how those use cases would be applied using the ArchivesDirect hosted digital preservation service. Attendees will see variations on the processing workflow along with the resulting archival package (AIP) and its metadata (METS.xml with PREMIS).

Register HERE for this series

Space is limited so register soon.
Please contact Kristi Searle at ksearle@duraspace.org for more information.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be working with our colleagues at MediaArea as they develop file conformance checks for FFV1 (a lossless video codec), Matroska Multimedia Container, and Linear Pulse-Code Modulated Audio (LPCM) as part of the PREFORMA project. MediaArea are experts in multimedia file formats: the MediaArea team has worked on several software tools used in preservation data conformance, including MediaInfo, a tool to extract metadata from audio and video files, and Bay Area Video Coalition’s QCTools project, a tool that performs quality control checks and analysis on digitised analog video. Artefactual will assist MediaArea with requirements and testing during the development phase, and will integrate selected tools and processes into Archivematica and the Format Policy Registry in order to provide users with more robust preservation functionality for their audio and video files. More information is available on the MediaArea and PREFORMA project websites.

We are pleased to show off the newly-launched World Bank Group Archives AtoM site at http://archivesholdings.worldbank.org. From the ICA listserv announcement: “The Archives of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC is delighted to announce the launch of our Access to Memory (AtoM) site. In support of the World Bank’s commitment to openness, transparency and accountability through its 2010 Access to Information Policy, the site is now the gateway to explore the holdings of the World Bank Group Archives.” Artefactual systems has enjoyed working with the great team at WBG, which has offered to to answer questions about its AtoM implementation via email at archives@worldbank.org.

We are offering our next Introduction to Archivematica Webinar on Thursday, April 9, from 3-4 PM Eastern. Please join us for an overview of Archivematica’s basic workflows to preserve digital content. Registration is FREE, but space is limited and it fills up quickly. Click here to register.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new hosted Archivematica service in collaboration with DuraSpace! ArchivesDirect features a hosted instance of Archivematica with storage in DuraCloud. Use the Archivematica dashboard to create highly durable, inter-operable Archival Information Packages based on open standards and technologies, then store those packages in secure, replicated Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage. More information about the service is available at archivesdirect.org.

The Archivematica + DuraCloud hosted service has launched a beta test with pilot partners that will be ongoing from October 2014 to January 2015. The organizations participating in the pilot are:

Berea College (http://www.berea.edu)
The Huntington Library (http://huntington.org)
Illinois Wesleyan University (https://www.iwu.edu)
Kansas State University (http://ksu.edu)
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: State Archive and State Library (http://www.ncdcr.gov)
Pepperdine University (http://www.pepperdine.edu)
Phillips Academy (http://www.andover.edu)
University of Texas at San Antonio (http://utsa.edu)
University of Washington (http://www.washington.edu)

Ensuring that robust Archivematica Archival Information Packages (AIPs) have a secure long-term home is the idea behind the new Archivematica + DuraCloud hosted service. The new integrated service is designed to provide users with a robust preservation workflow plus long-­term archiving in a single hosted solution.

The DuraCloud cloud­-based archiving and preservation service platform manages and preserves digital objects. DuraCloud enables user management and preservation of content without locking into a single cloud provider. DuraCloud also features value­-added services such as regular bit-­level health checks for all content stored in DuraCloud. The platform is open-­source and free to download, but also available as a hosted solution from DuraSpace.

Archivematica is an open­-source tool for ingesting digital objects and preparing them for long­-term preservation. Archivematica accommodates a variety of OAIS-­based digital curation workflows, and provides a flexible framework for normalizing ingested digital objects to durable, preservation-­friendly formats. The system performs a series of preservation micro­services and generates Archival Information Packages (AIPs) consisting of the ingested digital objects, any normalized preservation masters generated during processing, and detailed PREMIS metadata packaged into standard METS XML files.

The powerful combined Archivematica + DuraCloud service meets all 21 aspects of managing and preserving digital objects identified by the IMLS funded white paper “From Theory to Action”, which analyzes and compares digital preservation solutions for under-resourced institutions. The service will be launched to the general public early 2015, based on the completion of a successful pilot.

If your organization is interested in learning more about the new Archivematica + DuraCloud service please contact Evelyn McLellan (evelyn@artefactual.com) or Michele Kimpton (mkimpton@duraspace.org), or complete the inquiry form at http://duracloud.org/archivematica.

We are pleased to report on some rather leading-edge digital curation work being accomplished by our long-time development partner, the Rockefeller Archive Center. RAC’s Digital Preservation team has been processing materials from several major collections over the past year and now has 3.5 TB of Archival Information Packages in archival storage! Even more impressive, they have been generating Dissemination Information Package metadata in Archivematica and uploading it to Archivists’ Toolkit, then publishing EAD finding aids along with access copies of the preserved objects online. See some examples at:

22 Sep 2014

AtoM 2.1 released!

September has been a big month for us, with Archivematica 1.2 released last week and now AtoM 2.1! This latest version of AtoM introduces a number of new features, bug fixes and usability enhancements. See the release announcement on our Google Groups discussion list, and try the online demo at http://demo.accesstomemory.org. As always, the software is freely available for anyone to install and use.

Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK and New Westminster, Canada – 16th September 2014

Arkivum, a leading provider of long-term assured digital archiving solutions, and Artefactual, providers of open-source and open-standard digital preservation software, today officially announce their strategic collaboration. The collaboration will enable institutions and organisations that have Archivematica deployments to benefit from the 100% guaranteed long-term digital archiving solutions provided by Arkivum. Many thanks to University of York for funding this work.

The integration of Arkivum’s digital archive services with Archivematica is being co-developed by Artefactual and Arkivum, with funding from University of York. The option to store content processed by Archivematica in Arkivum platforms, both on-site and in the cloud, will be integrated into an autumn 2014 public release of Archivematica. As with other enhancements to the Archivematica platform, the integration will be made available as open-source code for further development and enhancements under the AGPL3 license.

“We are excited to be working with Arkivum, a well-established provider of secure, long-term storage tools and services,” said Evelyn McLellan, President of Artefactual Systems. “We believe institutions will see this as a comprehensive solution for developing their digital repositories.”

“As institutions face rising data volumes, the need to preserve valuable data sets for the future increases, ” Jim Cook, CEO of Arkivum explained. “Working with Artefactual to integrate our two technology solutions will enable us to offer an end-to-end solution for digital preservation and long-term archiving.”

Archivematica 1.2 and Storage Service 0.4.0 packages are tagged and ready to install.

This release is packed with new features, described on the Archivematica user forum. Many thanks to our development partners for funding many of these new features: Yale University Libraries, Baker Library at Harvard Business School, Simon Fraser University Library, Simon Fraser University Archives, and the Museum of Modern Art.

We are working hard on our technical and user documentation and will have updated versions of those ready soon. We also plan to provide a series of screencasts to help users understand how to use the new features. And finally, we look forward to installing Archivematica 1.2 on DuraCloud for our pilot hosting testers starting next month!

We are pleased to announce that a hosted digital repository solution will soon be available that pairs the digital preservation expertise of Artefactual Systems with the hosting and storage management expertise of Duraspace! This fully open-source hosted service will allow institutions to use Archivematica to generate Archival Information Packages and place them in Duracloud for long-term, secure storage. We are thrilled to be collaborating with such a respected provider of open-source digital curation services. Please go to Archivematica hosting for more information.

Staff at the University of British Columbia Library have been diligently processing digitized and born-digital holdings through multiple Archivematica processing pipelines, and have recently added their 1,000th production Archival Information Package! Highlights are born-digital video lectures produced by the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery; digitized court case files from colonial-era British Columbia Courts; and digitized historical and contemporary BC photographs. Access copies of preserved digital objects are made available to the public in AtoM, CONTENTdm and DSpace. See sample content at:

http://rbscarchives.library.ubc.ca/index.php/john-keenlyside-legal-research-collection
http://digitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/cdm/ref/collection/langmann/id/402
http://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/47158

Archivematica 1.1 and Storage Service 0.3.0 packages are tagged and ready to install with ICA-AtoM 1.3.1 or AtoM 2.0.1 for web-based access.

In addition to several bug fixes the releases include a number of new features and enhancements, all of which are described on the Archivematica user forum.

The 1.0 screencast, with a tour that includes a look at the local Format Policy Registry and Storage Service, is still relevant and is available on the front page of archivematica.org or here. See also the updated user manual for detailed end-user instructions.