SCAlable Preservation Environments

The Internet Memory Foundation is involved in a three year and a half European project starting in February 2011: SCAPE: SCAlable Preservation Environments (under Project No 270137) funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Research Framework Programme under the Theme [ICT-2009-6].

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 results of the SCAPE project will enable organisations to reduce the risks to their digital material, increase their ability to ensure that their preservation actions have been effective, and enable them to keep pace with innovation in digital content, the rapid growth in their collections, and their regulatory obligations.
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.

At the end of the project, we expect that the SCAPE platform will be integrated in the digital preservation infrastructure of most if not all of the project content-holding partners and that components of SCAPE software will be included in the software products of the commercial partners. Through the Open Planets Foundation, its members, and its associated community of interest, we expect the use of the platform at its related best-practices to spread throughout the digital preservation community

The Internet Memory Foundation is very interested in the potential future provision of preservation services, as part of its service offer for cultural and public institutions in general and is willing to contribute by developing some of the core technologies of SCAPE and actively participate in their implementation in a platform.

The SCAPE project is lead by AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH), Austria.
Beside the Internet Memory Foundation the British Library (United Kingdom), Ex Libris Ltd. (Israel), the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Netherlands), KEEP Solutions LDA (Portugal), Microsoft Research Limited (United Kingdom), the Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austria), the Open Planets Foundation (United Kingdom), the Statsbiblioteket (Denmark), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom), the Technische Universitat Berlin (Germany), the FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (Germany), the Technische Universitaet Wien (Austria), the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6 (France) are involved.

For more information on SCAlable Preservation Environments, please visit the Project website.