Archiving and preservation for research environments

The ARCHIVER project awarded for Collaboration and Cooperation by the Digital Preservation Coalition

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Data is immensely complicated.

Digital preservation involves a series of activities necessary to ensure continued access to research data for as long as necessary while keeping its intellectual control. Many research projects are currently struggling to preserve their data and associated products (metadata, software, documentation, etc.), as the current archiving and preservation capabilities are inadequate in terms of scale and fall below expectations, while data stewardship costs are frequently underestimated.

ARCHIVER Pre-Commercial Procurement supplemented this gap by developing innovative services for the Long Term Digital Preservation (LTDP) of scientific datasets.

ARCHIVER progress in the state-of-the-art of Long-term Digital Preservation

ARCHIVER identified the current gaps in preservation services offered in the public sector, taking lessons learned from past initiatives. ARCHIVER put these models into practice for multiple scientific disciplines in order to simplify data management, making costs more predictable and helping to reduce fragmentation in data stewardship practices across scientific domains.

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ARCHIVER R&D was driven by the needs of four Inter-governmental and national research organisations all contributing high-value datasets to the European Open Science Cloud.

On 12th September 2022 ARCHIVER has been Awarded the Digital Preservation Award for Collaboration and Cooperation, which celebrates significant collaboration across institutional, professional, sectoral and geographical boundaries which have had a demonstrable and positive impact on digital preservation.

Keeping intellectual control of data in the Digital Age: ARCHIVER featured in Géant Magazine

ARCHIVER contribution to Long Term Data Preservation challenges is described in this article featured CONNECT40, the latest issue of the GÉANT CONNECT magazine.

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ARCHIVER featured in Géeant magazine