US State Entities Use Tessella’s SDB to Advance Their Learning on Digital Archiving

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Library of Congress funded project to explore multi-tenancy digital archiving solution to provide cost-effective enhanced online access to legislative materials in digital form.

...Many states have significant needs in this area, and practical exploration of advanced preservation technology is essential, especially as the amount of government digital information continues to grow rapidly.

Tessella, the international provider of science powered technology and consulting services is pleased to announce that it will be working with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Library of Congress to run a series of digital preservation education consultancy sessions with a number of state legislative divisions. In addition the state participants will conduct a pilot evaluation of a multi-tenant deployment of Tessella’s digital archiving solution, SDB.

The main purpose of the pilot is to allow the state entities to gain practical experience of managing and preserving electronic content by using a live system rather than a paper exercise. Participants will learn how to load, organise and preserve their information and how to enable user access.

The project, led by Robert Horton, the Minnesota Historical Society’s Director for Library, Publications and Collections, and funded by the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) programme, will feature up to four states using SDB in a multi-tenant configuration hosted at Tessella's secure provider.

William G. LeFurgy, Digital Initiatives Project Manager, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress said: "We are pleased that states will have the opportunity to test the Tessella tool for managing and preserving digital information. Many states have significant needs in this area, and practical exploration of advanced preservation technology is essential, especially as the amount of government digital information continues to grow rapidly."

Multi-tenancy (a software architecture principle where a single instance of the software runs on a server serving multiple client organizations) can deliver cost savings, which are over and above the basic economies of scale achievable from consolidating IT resources into a single operation.

Entities participating in the initiative include: The Minnesota Historical Society, Illinois State Library, Tennessee Department of State, and Vermont State Archives.

Jon Tilbury, Director at Tessella, said: “We are delighted that the Minnesota Historical Society has chosen Tessella to provide technology, direction and advice on the challenges of digital preservation being faced today. We hope this is a partnership in where we pass on our experience of long term digital preservation and also learn about the challenges facing state entities when preserving their digital history.”

Tilbury continued: “It makes perfect sense to do this using the world’s most advanced Digital Archiving platform, SDB, and to learn from Tessella’s experience of implementing such systems in Europe and Asia. The lessons and experience can then be shared with their organization and be opened up to other US state archivists.”

Tessella’s SDB technology is the leading platform for the preservation of long term digital records in archives around the world. SDB4 has been designed to help memory institutions (including libraries and archives), who are already skilled at preserving paper material, but face the problems posed by preserving material stored in digital formats.

Pilot users will join the SDB community which includes other archives and libraries such as the UK, Swiss, Malaysian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, and Austrian State Archives, as well as the Rotterdam Regional Archives, the Wellcome Trust Library and recently Family Search.

Tessella’s Safety Deposit Box (SDB) was developed out of work done in partnership with The National Archives of the UK to help confront the problem of digital preservation. The software, which has already been in use at The National Archives for over six years as the basis of their award-winning Digital Archive system, has been significantly enhanced as part of The National Archives’ Seamless Flow programme.

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About Tessella
Founded in 1980, Tessella is the international provider of science powered technology and consulting services. World leading organizations choose our unique blend of science, engineering and sector expertise to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex real-world commercial and technical challenges. Our people are high achievers from leading universities and are passionate about delivering value to clients.

We are world leaders in the provision of Digital Archiving technologies, working with major governments in 7 countries across 3 continents. Tessella's Digital Archiving offerings cover software, consulting, research and support and place us at the cutting edge of this emerging discipline. Our core technology, SDB, is now in its fourth generation and provides stable professionally supported platform with the flexibility to deliver individual customer needs.

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About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programmes and book publishing.

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