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Preservation Services
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.


    Election 2012 Web Archive


    As a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), Harvard Library, including staff at the Harvard Kennedy School Library and at the Library Technology Services, is collaborating with other academic libraries as well as non-profit and government organizations on a web archiving project. Through the Election 2012 Web Archive, we will collect and preserve web sites related to the 2012 election campaign in the United States. Our goal is to capture this important historical record to ensure long-term preservation and accessibility for teaching, research and the general public.

    Subject experts at the Harvard Kennedy School and at other academic institutions in areas such as political science and public policy are identifying relevant web sites for long-term preservation.

    For more information about the IIPC, see their web site.

    For more information about web archiving at Harvard, see About WAX.

    To search or browse Harvard’s web archive, see the WAX start page.


      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.


            Levels of Digital Preservation


            As a member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Harvard is participating in a project to define a tiered set of guidelines for organizations responsible for preserving digital content. The Levels are intended to be usable by organizations just beginning to define preservation activities, as well as institutions with more mature digital preservation programs who need community-defined best practices to help with prioritizing enhancements.


              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.


                Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR)


                The UDFR is an initiative begun in April 2009 to build a single shared formats registry. UDFR builds on years of work performed by a number of institutions internationally, including Harvard, whether it was for PRONOM, the Global Digital Formats Registry (GDFR), or other format registry projects. The UDFR was developed at the University of California Curation Center (UC3) with funding from the Library of Congress


                  Zone 1 Rescue Repository


                  Zone 1 is a project, begun in June 2011 and funded by the Harvard Library Lab. The Zone 1 prototype rescue repository will serve as a proof-of-concept for a future production version of the repository which would close the gap in secure storage solutions at Harvard that currently exists. The repository will have a low deposit barrier to ensure that valuable content at Harvard won't be lost. It will also serve as a conduit of review by the Harvard community for potential re-use or long-term stewardship of the content and will facilitate transfer to other repositories. For more information see the Zone 1 web page.