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- Features and Benefits
ActiveArc is a comprehensive set of software solutions, based on internationally approved standards and practices, it provides a robust set of logical protection mechanisms that enable the creation of safe, enduring digital archives.
Feature Related Benefits
- Based on OAIS (ISO-14721:2003) and compliant with TRAC (ISO 16363)
- ActiveArc uses open standards and proven practices in a solution that handles all the challenges of digital archiving.
- Archiving using open data formats and technologies
ActiveArc is not based on proprietary or closed data formats – the endurance of such an archive would be subjected to the existence of the solution vendor.
ActiveArc utilizes well established open data formats and technologies to store records and associated meta-information, making the archive contents independent of the software platform utilized to operate it.
- Cloud compatible
- ActiveArc can be configured to run entirely on public or private clouds, a cost effective option for institutions. ActiveArc removes the burden and cost of having your own datacenter that meets the strict standards required by a digital archive platform.
- Flexible, technology-agnostic storage layer
- ActiveArc capitalizes on the best and unique features of a multitude of storage platforms, from conventional file systems to specialized retention storage systems such as CAS (EMC Centera, for example) or even cloud-based solutions.
- Redundant and reliable storage
- All records archived in ActiveArc are stored in at least two copies, typically more, in multiple storage devices. ActiveArc constantly monitors records for data integrity, if any data corruption is detected ActiveArc automatically restores records with the duplicate copies.
- Ingest-Archive-Dissemination: Strong separation of concerns
- Partitioning the archiving problem into three separate functional areas, Ingest, Archive and Dissemination, allows for the individual, careful management of each one of these areas. This methodology strengthens security and allows for flexible implementation architectures and policies.
- Horizontal scalability
- Due to its modular architecture, ActiveArc can be deployed to a single server or to an unlimited number of servers working in parallel and sharing the load on any of its functional areas.
- Multiple integration points
- ActiveArc can easily be integrated with existing or external systems. All ActiveArc modules expose simple APIs that allow for the submission or retrieval of records, or even the management of the entire archive.
- Strong records validation
- In order to be accepted for archival, a record submitted to ActiveArc must pass successfully through a set of verification steps: virus checking, presence and validity of all mandatory metadata elements, validity of file formats, validity of origin, integrity, semantic check by an archivist, amongst others.
- Flexible metadata model
- A custom set of metadata and validation rules can be defined per document type, allowing for strict verification of records of any type.
- Flexible submission verification workflow
- The records verification mechanism can be easily adjusted to the specific needs of the archive institution.
- Multiple retention policies
ActiveArc supports the application of all retention policy types to it's records
Retention policies range from 'infinite' (the record is meant to be kept forever) to 'volatile' (the record can be deleted at any moment requested by the manager). Other types of retention policies include: 'fixed date' (the record is made passive of deletion after a given date) and 'interval after event' (the record is kept protected until an event is signalized to the system, what sets a future release date for that record).
- Strong security
Thanks to a modular, multi-layered architecture, and the principle of 'no module trusts another', the access to any record involves multiple authentication and authorization steps.
At storage level, data can be kept encrypted for added security.
- Centralized identity management with support for external authentication providers
- ActiveArc supports multiple user authentication methods, which allows for integration with external authentication systems and services.
- Support for manual and automatic preservation actions
- Intelligent software agents constantly monitor the state of the archive. Notifications of any required preservation actions are sent that can either be actioned automatically or by manual intervention.
- Multiple ingest clients
- A dynamic web portal is available to producers to assist them in the task of composing and submitting packages of records to the archive online. A desktop client, compatible with Windows, OS X and Linux, is also available to handle packages that are too large to be composed online.
- Feature-rich dissemination portal
- Search, browse, preview and download records, examine their history, request an authenticated copy – all of these features are integrated in a secure, intuitive and easy-to-use web portal.
Paper was, for centuries, the main medium for data and information storage. In the last couple of decades this has radically changed, with computers now permeating practically all human activities. Information now is captured from the “real world” and stored electronically, as bits and bytes, on magnetic, optical or flash memory media. Records are now “born” in digital format. Paper became secondary, or completely dispensable.
The challenges to ensure that records stored in paper-based archives were kept integral and available for many years involved mainly measures to protect the physical integrity of the paper medium: protection against fire, humidity, light, insects, microorganisms and access by unauthorized people.
With digital media, most of those physical protection mechanisms are still necessary, but a whole new dimension of protection is needed: logical mechanisms.
ActiveArc is a comprehensive set of software solutions, based on internationally approved standards and practices, that provides a robust set of logical protection mechanisms, enabling the creation of safe, enduring digital archives.