Solution: eArchiving

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Name of the solution: eArchiving

Solution's owner: CEF Digital

Description: eArchiving provides the core specifications, software, training and knowledge to help data creators, software developers and digital archives tackle the challenge of short, medium and long-term data management and reuse in a sustainable, authentic, cost-efficient, manageable and interoperable way.

eArchiving technical specifications are ideal for migrating long-term valuable data between generations of information systems, transferring data to dedicated long-term repositories (i.e. digital archives), or preserving and reusing data over extended (and shorter) periods of time and generations of software systems.

Type of solution: Common service

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eArchiving implements the following:

Principles Interoperability layers
Openness Interoperability governance
Reusability  Semantic interoperability
✅ Technological neutrality Technical Interoperability
Administrative simplification  
Preservation of information  

eArchiving implements the following recommendations as explained below:

✅ Recommendation 4  | Principle 2: Openness
The CEF eArchiving building block is based on open specifications and open standards.

✅ Recommendation 7  | Principle 4: Reusability 
eArchiving building blocks allows for digital data preservation, hence ensuring its reuse in the long term. 

✅ Recommendation 8  | Principle 5: Technological neutrality
eArchiving encourages the use of open source software, which is technologically neutral. 

✅ Recommendation 9  | Principle 5: Technological neutrality
Being based on international standards, eArchiving ensures data portability, namely that data is easily transferable between systems.

✅ Recommendation 12  | Principle 6: User-centricity
The E-ARK Knowledge Centre allows users to contribute and validate good practices relating to information governance. 

✅ Recommendation 17  | Principle 10: Administrative simplification
The eArchiving building block can be coupled with services and processes to support administrative burden reduction. 

✅ Recommendation 18  | Principle 11: Preservation of information
eArchiving provides documentation and support services based on international standards to help describe, transmit and preserve digital information. 

✅ Recommendation 23  | Interoperability layer: Interoperability governance
eArchiving technical specifications describe in detail the interoperable and open formats for packaging data and metadata for transfer to archival repositories (E-ARK SIP), for the preservation over extended periods (E-ARK AIP) and the reuse of archived content (E-ARK DIP). The most common principles and requirements are presented separately within the E-ARK Common Specification for Information Packages. 

✅ Recommendation 30  | Interoperability layer: Semantic interoperability
eArchiving aims is to properly describe, transmit and preserve digital information.

✅ Recommendation 31  | Interoperability layer: Semantic interoperability
eARK Knowledge Centre contributes to harmonising currently fragmented archival approaches for ingest, preservation and re-use of data, thus putting in place an information strategy to avoid fragmentation and duplication.

✅ Recommendation 32  | Interoperability layer: Semantic interoperability
The CEF eArchiving building block encourages community driven development and updates of standards, hence involving a wide range of stakeholders in its maintenance and development. 

✅ Recommendation 33  | Interoperability layer: Technical interoperability
eArchiving promotes the use of open source software, as the main standard for digital archiving is the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS).


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