The USC Digital Repository is a trusted digital repository that provides digitization, preservation, and access solutions for a diverse range of digital artifacts, including research, educational, and cultural heritage material. Amid an explosion of digital content, the Digital Repository offers ways to ensure this new information is preserved and protected. The newer technology gets, the earlier it begins to show age-based damage, and we aim to preserve this important material before it becomes inaccessible.

We offer digitization services for a wide range of media, including film, audio, video, books, paper documents, and photographs. We also catalog, index, and add metadata to make our digital collections easily accessible and searchable, and you can retrieve your files at any time. Our preservation systems have approximately 80 petabytes of data, and each digital file in the repository is diligently monitored to ensure accurate preservation.

One of our most groundbreaking offerings is our Interactive Interviews, which are dynamic opportunities for users to communicate with prerecorded videos of real people by engaging with AI technology. We are additionally proud to offer data management services that help researchers meet new requirements for data preservation, access, and security by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies.

The USC Digital Repository is a partnership between the USC Libraries, USC Shoah Foundation, and USC Information Technology Services, and it leverages the strengths of all three organizations to make USC the premier institution for preserving collections of all sizes that are important for research, education, and culture.

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USC Libraries

The USC Libraries provide archiving, imaging, and metadata services for its own collections and for the extensive holdings of the USC Digital Library, as well as those housed in the USC Digital Repository. The Libraries provide the collection management, curation, and metadata creation services that are essential to the Digital Repository’s success within the academic research community.

USC Shoah Foundation

Founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation was created to record testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. The collection became part of USC in 2006 and now contains nearly 52,000 video testimonies from more than 50 countries.

Many of the systems and software employed by the Digital Repository originated while collecting these testimonies, such as developing the Visual History Archive, which is the on-line interface used to search and access testimonies. We also developed patented software in the areas of cataloging and indexing large collections, as well as efficient systems for mass-conversion and media preservation.

USC Information Technology Services (ITS) 

USC Information Technology Services draws on its own technological and expert resources to provide additional revenue-generating consultative services to the Digital Repository, such as leveraging the High Performance Computing center to deliver humanities-based content around the world. Building the capacity to provide these services has allowed USC to become a leader in advanced scholarly preservation practices as well as a conceptual leader in the field.