// About the project


In 2013 the Centre for Research Collections, within Library and Research Collections of the University of Edinburgh, commissioned a gap analysis to identify what it needed to do to be able to manage and preserve born digital content both created by the university, in the course of its daily business, and that which is acquired by the university and accessioned into the archive.

As a result of that analysis the university has committed to a 2 year project to develop and implement a digital preservation repository solution with the following objectives and deliverables:


  • To develop a digital preservation policy, underpinning the requirement for digital preservation at the University, and a strategy on how to deliver that objective.
  • To develop a standards-compliant (Open Archival Information Systems, ISO 14721) repository system for the management and preservation of key university record series by the end of the two year project timeframe.
  • To develop robust processes and procedures for the acquisition, ingest, storage, management and dissemination of archival status digital objects.
  • To ensure digital objects held within the DSR retain their qualities of authenticity, integrity, usability and reliability, in so far as is reasonably possible.
  • To prepare the institution and the repository for achieving Trusted Digital Repository (ISO 16363) status.


  • A Digital Preservation Policy.
  • A fully installed and operating digital repository system that satisfies functional, operational, institutional and legislative requirements.
  • Workflows and processes for the ingestion, administration, preservation and access to digital objects accessioned into the DSR.
  • A project plan for achieving accreditation post implementation.

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