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.