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Project Update: The Next-Generation Digital Repository Service

November 11, 2014—Since the previous update in August, a new release of DRS software was put into production. New features included beta support for DRS deposits of email from the Electronic Archiving System (EAS). This is currently being tested by Schlesinger Library, Countway Library, Harvard University Archives and Harvard Art Museums Archives. Now email collections can be pushed from the beta EAS user interface to the DRS with a single click. The release also included several deposit workflow improvements requested by DRS depositors. The full release notes are available here.

Screenshot of the push to DRS functionality in the beta EAS user interface.

Also last month the Tier 1 content, primarily PDF documents, was migrated to the new DRS. During the migration Harvard Library’s FITS tool was used to identify the specific PDF formats and to extract metadata from within the PDFs. As a result the metadata in the DRS for the PDFs is now granular enough to support preservation planning for this content.

In the new DRS the specific PDF formats are recorded in metadata to support preservation planning. In the old DRS, as shown in the right pie chart, the specific PDF formats were not known.

In addition, Harvard Art Museums and the Judaica Division began depositing to the new DRS.

Upcoming milestones and events include:

  • Many Harvard units are in the planning and testing phase for becoming depositors to the new DRS: Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Harvard Semitic Museum, the I Tatti Berenson Library, Harvard Forest, Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center Library and the Museum of Comparative Zoology.
  • Planning with DRS owners to migrate their Tier 2 content (Still Images and Page-Turned Documents).