SUNScholar/Repository Preservation

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Currently in the academic literature, much is being said about digital curation/preservation, however this distracts from the strategic imperative of preserving the repository itself and the contents of the repository on the internet, in the same way that libraries and the contents of libraries in buildings, are preserved.

There is a very subtle, but very important distinction between digital curation/preservation and holistic repository preservation.



The repository preservation plan (RPP) is usually for the repository director/manager to formulate in collaboration with the institutions IT department.

The repository preservation plan assists with the following:

  • Long term preservation of digital assets (curation).
  • Long term capacity planning for the archive.
  • Policy in support of the open access policy.

Introduction and Research

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The essential elements of a repository preservation plan

Below are links to pages that detail the essential elements of a repository preservation plan.

Priority 1 - Data Sovereignty

Priority 2 - Data Authenticity

Priority 3 - Preservable Digital Objects

Priority 4 - Electronic Citation Persistence

The major issues to consider in the repository preservation plan

Below are links to pages detailing the issues to resolve with repository preservation planning.

Issue 1 - Open Systems

Issue 2 - Disaster Recovery

Issue 3 - Reference Architecture

Issue 4 - Software Release Cadence


Hgibson (talk) 13:47, 2 May 2015 (SAST)