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Project Update: The Next-Generation Digital Repository Service

Recent highlights include improvements on search user interface, support for sensitive data management, bulk metadata editing, and Batch Builder.


June 9, 2015—Since the previous update, a new release of Digital Repository Service (DRS) software has been put into production. Highlights include major improvements to the user interface of the Web Admin search function, enhanced support for sensitive data management, enhancements to bulk metadata editing to improve performance and include additional fields, and enhancements to Batch Builder to support depositing rights objects with their associated content in the same batch. The full release notes are available here.

Top: Screenshot of the previous Web Admin search interface. Bottom: Screenshot of the improved Web Admin search interface.

In addition, last month the Tier 2 content for the DRS owners with Still Images but not Page-Turned Documents was migrated to the new DRS. This group included eight owners who have now moved over completely to using the new DRS: Biblioteca Berenson, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Carpenter Center, H.C. Fung Library, Harvard University Herbaria, Library Technology Services, Ware Collection at Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Weissman Preservation Center.

Other units also recently started depositing into the new DRS, including the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Harvard Semitic Museum.

Many Harvard units are in the planning and testing phase for becoming depositors to the new DRS, such as Baker Library, DASH, Harvard Forest, Media Preservation Services, Peabody Museum and the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center Library.

Upcoming milestones include planning for a Tier 2 migration for numerous other owners, including one group estimated to start in July and one estimated to start in November 2015.

Article written by Andrea Goethals.