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1 Preserv Preservation Eprint Services Simple Preservation Services – towards Proactive Support for the Institutional Repository Manager Institutional repositories are beginning to grow quite significantly in many countries – organisations are recognising the worth of managing and making visible the products of their institutions, and especially at this time, creating open research repositories. Managers of these new repositories often take on these roles in addition to their normal responsibilities - managing numerous services to support their users whether for research or teaching and learning. It is therefore helpful to investigate additional support services which will simplify the task of managing a repository. Indeed, with the increasing pull of research funders towards centralized, mandated repositories it will be prudent for institutional repositories to be proactive in demonstrating their use of preservation services that will help give them a similarly long term future. These services need not be monolithic or expensive: the JISC-funded PRESERV project in the UK worked with The National Archives (UK) and repository managers to explore simple preservation services. The National Archives file format registry service, named PRONOM, provided a practical focus. DROID (Digital Record Object Identification), a software tool to perform automated batch identification of file formats, is the first in a planned series of tools developed by The National Archives under the umbrella of its PRONOM technical registry service. The collaboration with PRESERV helped provide valuable feedback to improve the DROID tool in the first instance and an open source version was released in August The DROID tool was used to provide a trial PRESERV service to repository managers through the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR). ROAR already provided simple graphs to track the growth of metadata records in individual repositories using OAI-PMH. The PRESERV service was added to ROAR by downloading all files and then identifying them using the DROID tool. A PRESERV Profile interface provides a break-down of file formats by repository. Formats will inevitably change over the years but the first requirement is to be more knowledgeable about the current contents. Through ROAR, repository managers can subscribe to a regular alert that indicates the number of records and formats of files being deposited. With institutional repository content increasing in breadth and depth we expect more unusual formats to be deposited, particularly, in the Humanities. While there is further work to be done to refine the output of alerts, and to explore additional preservation services, open and collaborative services such as this show promise for simplifying the management of repositories in the longer term. Other services such as JHOVE and PANIC are exploring complementary solutions and the Library of Congress provides expertise on additional formats: through sharing expertise internationally it will become easier to create lightweight solutions that support preservation decisions taken by institutional repository managers. Scenario: Digital lifecycle begins with author creation and deposit of paper or data content into the institutional repository (IR). Growing number of IRs with expanding content. Problem: Authors and IR editorial staff typically have content management skills, but preservation expertise is more thinly spread. Solution: Many third-party preservation services. Adapt IR software to disseminate content to centres of preservation excellence, to provide preservation features to IRs. Preservation Services in the Repository Lifecycle 1. A search performed in ROAR for archives containing texas 1. A search performed in ROAR for archives containing texas 2. Clicking the Preserv Profile link generates a format summary for the given repository 2. Clicking the Preserv Profile link generates a format summary for the given repository 3. Clicking a bar shows a breakdown of all files identified as that format (e.g. PDF 1.5) and associated OAI records 3. Clicking a bar shows a breakdown of all files identified as that format (e.g. PDF 1.5) and associated OAI records 4. Some formats may require administrative investigation, for example what a Zip file contains: in this case a group of data sets associated with a research paper 4. Some formats may require administrative investigation, for example what a Zip file contains: in this case a group of data sets associated with a research paper Jessie Hey, Tim Brody, Steve Hitchcock and Leslie Carr University of Southampton, UK A Simple Preservation Service: File Format Analysis and Alerting Service


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