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E-ARK gets £6M to save digital data

New international project for creating an electronic ‘ark’ for digital and paper-based archives

The European Commission has awarded £6M to archiving and digital preservation specialists to create E-ARK, a revolutionary method of archiving data that is set to become the gold standard across Europe. The system will ensure current digital archives, including ‘big data,’ are future-proofed. (Big data is data sets of such a size that it is difficult to manage with traditional software and databases.)

Digital preservation specialists at the University of Portsmouth are leading the project, which involves over a dozen major partners including a core group of European national archives. Within the project, AIT leads work package 6 "Archival Storage, Services, and Integration." This work package provides a software package and reference implementation for a scalable e-Archiving service. This package should be easily deployed at institutions that have no existing archival infrastructure. The reference implementation should create new business opportunities for the access to and re-use of archival data by supporting Open Access to archival records and data mining of these records in order to find valuable trends and correlations.

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