The project objective was to develop a prototype rescue repository that could be used by Harvard and other institutions with a similar need, such as MIT. It would provide temporary, secure storage for content that is not a good fit for other more specialized content repositories. This includes content:
• at immediate risk of loss, e.g. on degrading media such as magnetic tape
• with temporary value, e.g. for university records retention requirements or classroom use
• not yet supported by the existing repositories, e.g. learning objects that support coursework
• of undetermined long-term value, e.g. unprocessed collections
• identified as having likely permanent value by content contributors and researchers, but
currently without a solution to preserve the content long-term.
The repository would provide the minimum infrastructure needed to rescue and secure the digital content while decisions were being made about its longer-term disposition.
(From the Zone 1 Final Report PDF)
Andrea Goethals, Manager of Digital Preservation and Repository Services, Harvard Library Office for Information Systems
Wendy Gogel, Manager of Digital Content and Projects, Harvard Library Office for Information Systems
Skip Kendall, Senior Electronics Record Analyst/Archivist, University Archives, Harvard University
Tom Rosko, Institute Archivist/Head, Institute Archives and Special Collections at MIT
Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, University Archivist, Harvard University Archives