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How does Archivematica meet my requirements?

It seems a long time ago that I first blogged about my failed attempts to install archivematica . This is probably because it *was* quite a long time ago... other priorities had a habit of getting in the way! With the help of a colleague (more technically able than I) I've now had a chance to see the new version of Archivematica. I have been assured that Archivematica version 1.0 is easier to install than it's predecessors so that is good news! Any decent digital preservation system is going to have to be pretty complex in order to carry out the required tasks and workflows so assessing products such as this one is not something that can be done in one sitting. As well as playing with the software itself, I've watched the video , I've signed up to the mailing list and I'm talking to others who are using it. A recent 'Technology Bytes' webinar hosted by the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) also helped me find out more. Artefactual Systems (who support a

Hydra: multiple heads are better than one

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Trinity College, Dublin I spent a couple of days this week in Dublin at the Hydra Europe Symposium . Hydra has been on my radar for a little while but these two days really gave me an opportunity to focus on what it is and what it can do for us. This is timely for us as we are currently looking at systems for fulfilling our repository and digital archiving functions.  At York we currently use Fedora for our digital library so developments within the Hydra community are of particular interest because of its relationship to Fedora. Chris Awre from the University of Hull stated that the fundamental assumptions on which Hydra was built were that: 1. No single system can provide the full range of repository based solutions for an institutions needs 2. No single institution can resource development of a full range of solutions on its own This chimes well with our recent work at York trying to propose a technical architecture that could support deposit, storage, curation and access to resea