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Other Storage Activity/Function
Arts Library work stored on local HD or external HD until pushed to I&D.
Digital preservation activities are carried out by special collections/archives staff working with Libraries IT.
Planning storage architecture: Library IT with Carolina Digital Repository
Special Collections and Archives are responsible for managing physical storage of legacy media containing born
electronic materials.
Tape storage: Archives staff
We have a couple of strategies for ensuring files that are persistent and authentic, including multiple online, nearline,
and offline copies and regular signature verification for each preserved file.
15. Please indicate which of the following storage solutions your library uses for ingest, processing,
access, back up, and long-term “dark” storage. Check all that apply. N=63
Ingest Processing Access Back up Storage N
External Media Library (e.g., CD/DVDs, tapes,
loose drives)
41 18 27 31 16 59
IT-supported Network File System 35 43 43 44 26 58
Local/Attached storage (e.g., internal drive,
external drive or other local storage device)
46 43 27 23 14 57
Distributed computing/storage systems (e.g.,
LOCKSS or iRods)
4 4 6 16 19 21
Cloud storage (e.g., DuraCloud, Amazon S3,
Google Storage, Mozy, or Box.net)
5 2 6 4 4 12
Other solution 7 5 10 6 8 15
Number of Responses 61 57 60 58 50 63
If you selected “Other Solution” above, please briefly describe the solution below.
Other solution for ingest N=7
Bagit transfer protocol.
Cloud storage is currently used on a limited basis for ingest; we plan to investigate its use for the other categories listed
in this survey.
Consortium provides web-based ingestion, processing, and access for thesis and dissertations.
Currently all are being reviewed.
Hosted Open Repository.
Library IT runs a collection development instance of DSpace on its own server.
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