NOW AVAILABLE: ArchivesDirect—Affordable, Standards-based Digital Preservation Plus Secure Storage

Wed, 2015-02-18 15:24 -- carol

Winchester, MA Today Artefactual Systems and the DuraSpace organization are very pleased to announce the launch of ArchivesDirect, your complete, hosted, “soup-to-nuts” 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 meets all 21 aspects of managing and preserving digital objects identified by the IMLS-funded white paper “From Theory to Action”. The aim of the report developed by the POWRR (Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources) Project is to provide an analysis of digital preservation solutions for under-resourced institutions. ArchivesDirect meets these challenges by providing tools and services for ingest, preservation, storage and maintenance over time.

ArchivesDirect is priced competitively at $11,900 for the ArchivesDirect standard plan, and the cost for additional TBs is one-third the price of other services. This cost advantage makes it possible for even small to mid-sized institutions to participate in active digital preservation of their collections without having to spend time and money developing tools and infrastructure in-house.

• WATCH a 3-min. Quickbyte Video about ArchivesDirect: http://youtu.be/u7Ryyo2UWGA
• SIGN UP for an April 1, 11:00AM ET ArchivesDirect info session: http://archivesdirect.org/register
• PRICING: http://archivesdirect.org/pricing
• GET a quote: http://archivesdirect.org/inquiry

Users will have access to a robust suite of digital preservation functions via the online dashboard. Archivematica is well known for its ability to produce highly standardized and interoperable Archival Information Packages; these packages will automatically be placed into DuraCloud for long-term secure archival storage, where they will be replicated across Amazon S3 and Glacier storage locations and undergo regular integrity checking. ArchivesDirect is unique among preservation and archiving solutions because it is built with open-source software which is well-documented and freely available. All content is stored using open standards, and users can download their data at any point. This means that users of the new service do not have to worry about data lock-in and the service can be run locally at any time. “This offering is really about collaboration between two organizations dedicated to open technologies and standards,” said Artefactual Systems President Evelyn McLellan. "The digital preservation expertise of Artefactual Systems is a perfect match for the cloud services and storage experience of DuraSpace."

Artefactual Systems and DuraSpace are extremely grateful to a dedicated group of pilot testers who have provided valuable feedback on functionality, usability and scalability of the service over the last four months. Because of their rigorous testing efforts ArchivesDirect has been fine-tuned to handle a wide range of formats and workflows. Thanks go out to the following:

• 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)

If your organization is interested in learning more about this offering please go to http://archivesdirect.org today!

About DuraSpace

DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org), an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, and technology communities by supporting projects (DSpaceFedoraVIVO) and creating services (DuraCloudDSpaceDirectArchivesDirect) to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

About Artefactual Systems

Artefactual's (http://artefactual.com) mission is to provide the heritage community with vital expertise and technology in the domains of digital preservation and online access. We develop open-source software (Archivematica and AtoM) and promote open standards as the best means of enabling archives, libraries and museums to preserve and provide access to society's cultural assets. We are archivists, librarians, software developers and systems administrators, all working together to advance the capacity of heritage institutions to meet their mandates in a rapidly changing world.