By rauber - Posted on December 10th, 2010
The SCAPE project will enhance the state of the art of digital preservation in three ways: by developinginfrastructure and tools for scalable preservation actions; by providing a framework for automated,quality-assured preservation workflows and by integrating these components with a policy-based preservationplanning and watch system. These concrete project results will be validated within three large-scale Testbedsfrom diverse application areas: Digital Repositories from the library community, Web Content from the webarchiving community, and Research Data Sets from the scientific community. Each Testbed has been selectedbecause it highlights unique challenges.SCAPE will develop scalable services for planning and execution of institutional preservation strategies on anopen source platform that orchestrates semi-automated workflows for large-scale, heterogeneous collections ofcomplex 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 SCAPE consortium brings together experts from memory institutions, data centres, research labs,universities, and industrial firms in order to research and develop scalable preservation systems that can bepractically deployed within the project lifetime. SCAPE is dedicated toward producing open source softwaresolutions available to the entire digital preservation community. The project results will be curated and furtherexploited by the newly founded Open Planets Foundation. Project results will also be exploited by an SMEand research institutions within the consortium catering to the preservation community and by two industrial ITpartners.