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Database preservation solutions in E-ARK
9th Nov 2016 : 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The webinar is dedicated to the practical preservation of relational database. The first part of the webinar introduces the updates which have been done to the original SIARD format in collaboration by the E-ARK project and the Swiss Federal Archives. Most notably, the SIARD 2.0 format adds additional scalability and support for newer SQL methods like user-defined types.
The second part of the webinar demonstrates the creation of SIARD2 packages and their reuse with two tools: Database Preservation Toolkit and Database Visualisation Toolkit, both developed by KEEP Solutions.
The Database Preservation Toolkit allows users to connect to a live database (Oracle, MySQL etc.) and to extract its content into the open SIARD2 format. Further, the tool can also be used to load a SIARD 2.0 package back into a live database management system to carry out complex data analysis and reuse tasks.
The Database Visualisation Toolkit allows users to access the content of a stored SIARD 2.0 file without the need to set up a complex database management platform. It allows for the execution of simple browsing, search and querying tasks and therefore is suitable for most users with simple information needs and little technical background.
- Anders Bo Nielsen (National Archives of Denmark)
- Luis Faria (KEEP Solutions)
The webinar takes place at 13:00 GMT / 14:00 CET, and will last approximately one hour.
E-ARK is an EC-funded pilot project that aims to improve the methods and technologies of digital archiving, in order to achieve consistency and interoperability on a Europe-wide scale. The project is running between February 2014 – January 2017 and aims to provide a set of standardised requirements for achieving cross-border and cross-system reusability of archived information. The core focus of the project is the technical standardisation of Information Package specifications to a point that packages created with one tool could be identified, validated and used by any other, therefore opening the possibility for extended practical collaboration and software sharing in the archival community.
In addition, the project aims to update a range of already available tools to support the specifications as well as to pilot these tools in real-life scenarios next to seven established digital repositories. http://www.eark-project.com/