- The Solutions
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. There is not enough emphasis on the long-term curation and stewardship of data, i.e. ensuring that data is interoperable and re-usable over very long timescales in a sustainable manner. ARCHIVER Pre-Commercial Procurement is a unique initiative currently running in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) framework that spent 3 years designing, prototyping and piloting innovative services for the Long Term Digital Preservation (LTDP) of scientific datasets. During the project, R&D was performed competitively by commercial suppliers, over 3 phases resulting in the selection of two consortia (led by Arkivum and LIBNOVA) providing pilot services for scientific data archiving and preservation.