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Scalable Preservation Environments

Project description


Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation
This project will enhance the state of the art of digital preservation through scalable preservation actions; automated, quality-assured workflows; and a policy-based planning and watch system

The SCAPE project will enhance the state of the art of digital preservation in three ways: by developing infrastructure and tools for scalable preservation actions; by providing a framework for automated, quality-assured preservation workflows and by integrating these components with a policy-based preservation planning and watch system.

These concrete project results will be validated within three large-scale testbeds from diverse application areas: Digital Repositories from the library community, Web Content from the web archiving community, and Research Data Sets from the scientific community. Each Testbed has been selected because it highlights unique challenges. SCAPE will develop scalable services for planning and execution of institutional preservation strategies on an open source platform that orchestrates semi-automated workflows for large-scale, heterogeneous collections of complex digital objects. These services will be able to

  • Identify requirements for preserving all or parts of a repository through characterisation and trend analysis
  • Define responses to those needs using formal descriptions of preservation policies and preservation plans
  • Allow a high degree of automation, virtualization of tools, and scalable processing
  • Monitor the quality of preservation processes.

The SCAPE consortium brings together experts from memory institutions, data centres, research labs, universities, and industrial firms in order to research and develop scalable preservation systems that can be practically deployed within the project lifetime. SCAPE is dedicated toward producing open source software solutions available to the entire digital preservation community. The project results will be curated and further exploited by the newly founded Open Planets Foundation. Project results will also be exploited by an SME and research institutions within the consortium catering to the preservation community and by two industrial IT partners.

The SCAPE project will enhance the state of the art of digital preservation in three ways: by developing infrastructure and tools for scalable preservation actions; by providing a framework for automated, quality-assured preservation workflows and by integrating these components with a policy-based preservation planning and watch system. These concrete project results will be validated within three large-scale Testbeds from diverse application areas: Digital Repositories from the library community, Web Content from the web archiving community, and Research Data Sets from the scientific community. Each Testbed has been selected because it highlights unique challenges.SCAPE will develop scalable services for planning and execution of institutional preservation strategies on an open source platform that orchestrates semi-automated workflows for large-scale, heterogeneous collections of complex digital objects. These services will be able to:* Identify requirements for preserving all or parts of a repository through characterisation and trend analysis;* Define responses to those needs using formal descriptions of preservation policies and preservation plans;* Allow a high degree of automation, virtualization of tools, and scalable processing;* Monitor the quality of preservation processes.The SCAPE consortium brings together experts from memory institutions, data centres, research labs, universities, and industrial firms in order to research and develop scalable preservation systems that can be practically deployed within the project lifetime.Through a project extension in the final year, SCAPE will broaden its scope with respect to the utilized deployment models and infrastructures available to the project. New activities include the development of new scientific use-cases, advanced preservation services, and installations of the SCAPE environment in high performance computing (HPC) data centers. These use cases will further demonstrate the generic nature of the SCAPE approach and its applicability in the new Data Center Testbed.SCAPE is dedicated toward producing open source software solutions available to the entire digital preservation community. The project results will be curated and further exploited by the newly founded Open Planets Foundation. Project results will also be exploited by an SME and research institutions within the consortium catering to the preservation community and by two industrial IT partners.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2009-6
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Coordinator Contact

Ross KING Mr.

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
EU contribution
€ 1 335 798,00
Address
GIEFINGGASSE 4
1210 Wien
Austria

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Region
Ostösterreich Wien Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Felix Schröpfer (Mr.)
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