Preservation

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Preservation

We are a trusted repository that maintains best-in-class operational practices and technical procedures to continuously monitor bits and ensure files are protected in the long-term.

Trusted repository

Over an extended period of time, digital files can lose bits, become corrupted or unreadable, or disappear entirely.

  • The USC team considers maintaining file integrity to be one of our most critical responsibilities.
  • We follow a set of standard technical procedures and best operational practices to continuously monitor bits and ensure that files will be protected long term.
  • The Digital Repository also maintains multiple mirrored locations for file redundancy to provide disaster recovery.
  • This includes superior systems that guarantee bit preservation, personnel with deep experience managing diverse and critical collections, and other key characteristics associated with maintaining secure, reliable long-term preservation and access to complex digital content.
  • Even a small set of source materials will be treated with the same care and expertise as large collections, using technology tools and a storage plan appropriate to size and access needs.
  • The Digital Repository is in the process of meeting the rigorous management and operational standards to be certified as a trusted digital repository.

Data Management Plans

The USC Digital Repository will supply the implementation of your Data Management and Sharing Plan as a service.  We will supply text and a quote for costs to be added into your grants.  The quote will be per Terabyte of resulting data at $400/Terabyte preserved and made accessible for 6 years and $800/Terabyte preserved and made accessible for 20 years.  For example, a 10 Terabyte database preserved and made accessible through the USC Libraries for 20 years that meet the NIH data management plan requirements will have a one-time cost of $8,000.

Learn more information on Data Management and Sharing Plans