* With apologies for cross-posting *
We are pleased to announce bepress Archive, a new service that supports
preservation needs for content hosted on bepress platforms. Through the
service, bepress customers can now receive a real-time archive of all their
content on Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), an industry-standard
platform that provides 99.999999999% file durability, performs checksums
for data integrity checks, and uses redundant data to repair any corrupted
files it finds.
Content on bepress platforms is already protected by a secure
infrastructure that includes multiple backups as well as long-term storage
with Amazon Glacier. With the addition of bepress Archive on Amazon S3,
libraries gain their own cloud-based backup, which they control directly
and can access 24/7.
The bepress Archive model addresses preservation concerns identified by the
National Digital Preservation Alliance, including geographic location, file
fixity, data integrity, information security, metadata, and file formats.
"Launching bepress Archive reflects our commitment to the security and
longevity of scholarship, which we believe to be among any academic
institution's most crucial assets," says bepress president and CEO,
Jenna Nolt, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Kenyon College
<http://digital.kenyon.edu/>, implemented bepress Archive as a response to
a two-year investigation into preservation plans: “Cloud storage is
becoming a bigger component of digital preservation… the benefits are
having globally distributed copies of our files, direct access to our
files, and a 3rd-party backup with Amazon.”
The service helps Nolt, who designated Digital Kenyon
<http://digital.kenyon.edu/> as the primary repository for data and other
grant-related output, better support faculty members with the digital
preservation portions of grant applications.
Nolt also commented on how simple the service was to set up: “I didn’t know
it, but Kenyon already had an S3 account, so once I spoke to my IT
department, they were able to give me the required information very
quickly. Overall it took five days from when I brought this to bepress to
getting the archive set up.”
Roger Weaver, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Missouri University of
Science & Technology <http://scholarsmine.mst.edu/>, appreciates the
ability to “quickly manipulate content in the system.”
S3 provides libraries the opportunity to use other Amazon Web Services
solutions for security, alerting, and other needs. It also gives libraries
another way to transfer their bepress-hosted content to third parties,
including third- party preservation systems.
Big thanks to Cornell University, who piloted and tested this new service
over the spring.
Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to help academic communities
maximize the impact of their research and demonstrate their value. With
Digital Commons and the growing Expert Gallery Suite, universities can
collect, preserve, and showcase the full range of their intellectual output
For more information, please contact outre...@bepress.com.
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