An Approach to Digital Archiving and Preservation Technology (ADAPT)
Prof. Joseph JaJa
|Dr. Joseph JaJa
A large portion of the scientific, business, cultural, and government digital information being created today needs to be maintained and preserved for future use for periods ranging from a few years to decades and sometimes centuries. Such information will undergo major transformations due to technology evolution and may be subjected to major changes in organizational structures, systems failures, operational errors, security breaches, and natural hazards and disasters. Recent studies by archiving communities, library organizations, government agencies, and scientific communities have identified major technology challenges facing long term preservation of and access to digital information.
At the University of Maryland, Prof. Joseph JaJa and his fellow researchers are exploring new technologies to develop a platform independent infrastructure that enables the long term preservation of digital collections. In collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the National Archives, JaJa and his colleagues have set a distributed persistent archive that links storage systems between the three sites using a multi-layered architecture. The persistent archive enables the exploration of methodologies for handling technology changes in storage systems, operating systems, databases, and application software and for handling risk and failure management.
The research team’s Producer–Archive Workflow Network (PAWN) software will enable federal agencies to submit their records easily and with the assurance that it is transmitted correctly and securely. PAWN is a component of JaJa's larger ADAPT (An Approach to Digital Archiving and Preservation Technology) project.
For further details please see: http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/research/adapt
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