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Curation Costs Exchange

Understanding and comparing digital curation costs to support smarter investments

Vendor services

There are many digital curation tool registries in existence. The Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry (COPTR) contains descriptions of a very wide range of tools useful for long term digital curation and collates the knowledge of the digital curation community on preservation tools in one place.

Furthermore, there are many systems available that could be described as occupying the digital preservation solution niche. This list collated by the 4C Project is by no means exhaustive, but it gives a flavour of the systems—both commercial, open source and hybrid—that are currently available.  

Description
Managed digital archiving service
  • three copy strategy (two in geographically separated data centres and one offline)
  • Territory specific data centres (safe harbour data protection)
  • Local gateway appliances
  • Encrypted
  • API
  • Based on open standards
  • Cloud based (public or private—OSCAR (On-site Cloud ARchive))
  • Offers “100% certain data safety”
  • ISO27001
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://arkivum.com/

    Description
    Standards compliant (OAIS and others)
  • micro-service approach
  • web dashboard
  • API
  • Server or cloud-based (partners with DuraCloud and EduCloud)
  • Open Source
  • Further Information
    http://www.archivematica.org

    Description
    Système de Préservation et d’Archivage Réparti – Distributed Preservation and Archiving System
  • Independent Module system based on the OAIS model
  • Created with open source tools for the French National Library
  • Standards based (Dublin Core)
  • Distributed system
  • Multiple copies and continuous monitoring
  • Built in format migration as required
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.bnf.fr/en/preservation_spar_old
    Description
    Hosted institutional repository software
  • Dedicated discovery network (Digital Commons Network)
  • 'SelectedWorks' individual scholar pages
  • Web based (customisable front end)
  • Multi-format
  • Supports LOCKSS
  • Standards compliant
  • Built in peer review tools
  • On the fly format conversion on ingest
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/
    Description
    Hosted solution
  • Customised DSpace repositories
  • Standards based
  • Built on Open Source software (DSpace) (see entry for DSpace for further information)
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.openrepository.com/
    Description
    Standards compliant - including Dublin Core metadata schema and Open Archives Imitative Protocol (OAI-PMH)
  • Supports multiple digital formats
  • Designed for multi-disciplinary results
  • Requires persistent identifiers
  • Tomcat server (as opposed to cloud) based (although virtualised cloud hosting is possible)
  • Multiple associated import/export tools
  • Active user community
  • Java APIs
  • Open Source
  • Further Information
    http://www.dspace.org/
    Description
    Managed multiple copy/ multi-cloud based preservation
  • Web dashboard
  • Continuous content integrity monitoring
  • Built-in end user tools including media streaming
  • Designed to be flexible/scalable on demand
  • Hosted (cloud based)
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.duracloud.org/
    Description
    Multi-format - content and media
  • Scalable
  • Web APIs (REST/SOAP)
  • RDF search (SPARQL)
  • Content Model Architecture (define types of 'objects' by their content)
  • Multiple storage options
  • JMS messaging
  • Web GUI
  • Open Source
  • Further Information
    http://www.fedora-commons.org/
    Description
    OAI compliant open repository software
  • Optimised for Google Scholar
  • Forms the backbone of a number of commercial//hosted repository services
  • Conform with research funder open access mandates
  • Standards compliant
  • RSS feeds
  • Multi-format deposits
  • Open Source
  • Commercial managed service available
  • Further Information
    http://www.eprints.org/
    Description
    Distributed architecture (scalable)
  • Separate working repository and permanent repository
  • Standards based (OAIS)
  • Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) Compliant
  • Web interface
  • Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Development Kit (SDK) available
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/category/DigitalHeritage
    Description
    Multi-format file repository
  • Part of an Integrated Learning Environment
  • Standards compliant
  • User personalisation
  • Accessed via web interface
  • All objects directly addressable (via URLs)
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.intrallect.com/solutions/managing_content/
    Description
    Digital Repository software, inclusive of all formats and sizes, including data
  • Navigable collection tree
  • Built in search engine based around specially designed indexes
  • Flexible metadata
  • User personalisation and collaboration features
  • Multiple output formats
  • Standards compliant
  • Scalable - split web and database servers
  • Server (as opposed to cloud) based
  • Open Source
  • Further Information
    http://invenio-software.org/
    Description
    Archival management software
  • Standards compliant (ISAD(g), EAD, OAI-PMH)
  • Description of semi-active and inactive documents
  • Management of digital assets
  • Free online publishing
  • Automatic tools
  • Highly adaptable
  • Scalable to millions of records
  • Commercial
  • ISO 27001
  • Further Information
    http://www.keep.pt/produtos/archeevo/?lang=en

     

    Description
    Digital repository for long-term digital preservation
  • Standards compliant (OAIS, METS, EAD and PREMIS)
  • Authenticity of digital records
  • Support for multiple formats
  • Embedded preservation actions
  • Web interface
  • Scalable to millions of records
  • Integration with 3rd party systems
  • Open-source
  • ISO 27001
  • Further Information
    http://www.keep.pt/produtos/roda/?lang=en

    Description
    Provides access to purchased digital content whenever the source site is unavailable
  • Distributed local access through digital preservation appliances (LOCKSS Box)
  • Peer to peer monitoring and content repair throughout the LOCKSS network
  • Standards compliant
  • Web admin interface
  • Built in audit and verification tools
  • Content preserved in original format and migrated on access if necessary
  • Server (as opposed to cloud) based
  • Open source
  • Further Information
    http://www.lockss.org/
    Description
    Hosted service with self-branding for website, and/or
  • Local service for Linux or Windows platforms
  • WorldCat metadata exposure built in
  • Multi-format data storage with customisable metadata
  • Optimised for customisation via an API
  • Scalable
  • Standards based (including qualified Dublin Core)
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.oclc.org/contentdm
    Description
    Hybrid/combined teaching and learning, research, media and library content repository
  • API toolkit to enable Learning Management System (LMS) integration
  • Hosted solutions available
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.equella.com/
    Description
    Dark archive
  • Specialist preservation of digital publications
  • Uses format-based migration strategy
  • Provides perpetual access mechanism - access to content after it is not longer available through other sources
  • Not for profit
  • Further Information
    http://www.portico.org/
    Description
    Cloud and on-premise versions available
  • On-site version - single or multi-server
  • Scalable across multiple servers
  • Cloud version - Amazon S3 and/or Glacier Cloud storage
  • OAIS compliant workflows
  • Public access/discovery
  • CALM catalogue synchronisation
  • Linked Data Registries
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://preservica.com/

    Description
    Digital asset management solution
  • Configurable web interface
  • Standards compliant (Dublin Core etc)
  • Modifiable metadata format
  • Automatic metadata capture
  • Server (as opposed to cloud) based
  • Also available as Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Open Source code
  • Commercial
  • Further Information
    http://www.vtls.com/products/vital