Current Projects & Initiatives

DRS 2 Enhancements

In the fall of 2008, the Library started work on the first major upgrade of the DRS - "DRS 2". This is a multi-year project to enhance all DRS applications, services and documentation. The enhancements will be rolled out in 3 releases starting this year. For more information, including the features that will be included in each release, see DRS 2 Enhancements.

Email Archiving Pilot

Recognizing the value of email in the late 20th and 21st centuries, Harvard Libraries began planning for an email archiving project in early 2007. A working group comprised of University archivists, curators, record managers, librarians and technologists studied the problem and recommended the undertaking of a pilot email archiving project at the University Library. This pilot, which began in late 2008, will implement a system for ingest, processing, preservation, and eventual end user delivery of email, in anticipation of it becoming an ongoing central service at the University after the pilot. This pilot is managed by the Library and involves staff from three University repositories - the University Archives, Schlesinger Library, and Countway Library. For more information see: Electronic Archiving System (EAS).

FITS (File Information Tool Set)

FITS identifies and validates file formats, and extracts technical metadata for various file formats. It wraps multiple third-party open source tools including JHOVE, Exiftool, National Library of New Zealand Metadata Extractor, DROID, FFIdent, and the File Utility; normalizes and consolidates their output, and reports any errors. For more information see the FITS website.

International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)

The IIPC is an international consortium of libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage institutions involved in Web Archiving. Members of the IIPC collaboratively conduct research and projects; develop tools, standards and best practices; collect web content; and facilitate the long-term preservation and use of Web-based content. In 2010 after the release of Harvard's Web Archiving Collection Service (WAX), Harvard became a member of the IIPC and participates within the Preservation Working Group (PWG). For more information see the IIPC website and the PWG website.

National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)

Harvard University is a founding member of the NDSA - a network of organizations committed to preserving our national digital heritage. Harvard is represented within the NDSA by individuals from the Library who participate in three NDSA working groups - the Infrastructure, Content and Standards & Practices working groups. For more information see the NDSA website.

Metadata Schemas Hosted by Harvard Library

Document Metadata (DocMD) In a collaboration with the Florida Center for Library Automation (which became the Florida Virtual Campus) Harvard Library developed a technical metadata schema for use in preserving digital content in document formats.   Extracting technical metadata from documents is essential as it can aid in characterizing the kinds of documents in our preservation collections; listing document properties that may hinder preservation (encryption, external fonts, etc); and providing requirements in selecting tools/facilities for document transformation including normalization and migration. In addition, document technical metadata can be used to verify the result of document transformations, ensuring the properties of the original document are preserved and properly transformed to the new document format.