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Preservica v6.0: next generation active digital preservation and discovery

Reengineered from the ground-up, Preservica v6.0 delivers enhanced ease-of-use and new ways of working for archives, libraries, museums and businesses — built on a highly scalable platform designed for the future of digital preservation. 

New capabilities include — updated digital preservation pathways, easy drag & drop upload, online pre-ingest preparation, OCR, enhanced intuitive workflows, automated SharePoint archiving, support for Microsoft Azure and additional content access & discovery options.

Boston, MA US and Oxford, UK | April 04 2019 | Digital preservation leaders, Preservica, today announced the next generation, v6.0, of its market-leading active digital preservation and discovery platform.

Shaped by the user community in close collaboration with Preservica Innovation, Product and Engineering teams, Preservica v6.0 delivers a wealth of new capabilities enabling archivists and information managers to further streamline the upload, appraisal, active preservation, management and secure discovery of digital content in a fully integrated and supported standards-based (OAIS ISO 14721) application. 

Architected for the future of digital preservation

With the volume, diversity and complexity of digital data and content continuing to grow, the new v6.0 platform has been engineered from the ground-up to meet the challenges of managing and preserving digital content into the future. The highly scalable and extensible design includes more granular control over content and metadata, support for greater automation and connectivity, and enhanced APIs for leveraging AI and Machine Learning services for high-volume content classification, analytics and transcription. 

New capabilities

Like previous versions, Preservica v6.0 combines all the core functions needed to safeguard and future-proof digital content over decades, creating a living, active and usable digital archive for compliance, legal, brand and heritage needs.

New Preservica v6.0 capabilities by core function:

Active Digital Preservation

ENHANCED: Preservica v6.0 includes numerous updated pathways including new video handling and preservation migrations. The reengineered platform is aligned with PREMIS (Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) enabling greater focus on individual assets and files. Preservica’s active digital preservation framework has also been enhanced based on the work of the PAR (Preservation Action Registry) community, laying the foundations for automated digital preservation. 

Easy and automated content acquisition 

Building on the wide range of content acquisition options already available, including automated website archiving, Preservica v6.0 adds:

NEW: Easy drag & drop file upload : Safeguard valuable data and digital assets using an easy drag-and-drop, browser-based interface to quickly upload files and metadata (up to 5Gb) into the new online preparation area.

NEW: Simple upload for larger files : Safeguard valuable data and digital assets using industry standard tools (such as S3 Transfer or CloudBerry) to upload larger files or collections of files and metadata to the new online holding area where they can be used during pre-ingest preparation.

NEW: Online pre-ingest preparation area : Appraise, prepare and arrange uploaded files and metadata in the new online preparation area before ingesting for full active digital preservation in Preservica. The intuitive browser-based interface allows multiple projects to be worked and saved for revisiting later.

NEW: Automated SharePoint archiving and digital preservation : Get control of critical long-term content across the enterprise using the new intelligent SharePoint connector to automate the identification and transfer of ready-to-archive content for long-term digital preservation in Preservica.

This extensible solution uses an API abstraction layer allowing connectors for other content platforms to be easily added over time e.g. OpenText, Dropbox, Google Drive, FileNet and other. 

Flexible post-ingest content and metadata management

Building on the powerful flexibility to rearrange collections, enrich metadata post-ingest and synchronize with catalogs like CALM, ArchivesSpace and Adlib, Preservica v6.0 adds further ease-of-use and new capabilities: 

ENHANCED: Intuitive user experience : New streamlined ingest workflow and familiar file and folder view with fine-grained security and actions down to an individual asset level. Greater flexibility over how content is structured and presented.

NEW: Optical Character Recognition (OCR) : Ideal for digitization projects Preservica’s new OCR feature converts images of printed text into fully searchable data. OCR can be carried out during ingest, re-indexing or applied to specific parts of the collection.

Integrated secure access and discovery

Building on advanced SOLR search and secure internal and public access with AV streaming, Preservica v6.0 now includes additional options: 

ENHANCED: User access & discovery : New out-of-the-box themes for easier customization and greater choice. New accessibility improvements and better online discoverability with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) enhancements. New services for customization and development of bespoke discovery layers.

Storage and deployment choice

Already available fully hosted on AWS and including a 100% data integrity guarantee and a choice of low-cost storage options at AWS prices, Preservica v6.0 is now also available hosted on Microsoft Azure: 

NEW: Enterprise Private Cloud (EPC) on Microsoft Azure : EPC on Azure enables Microsoft enterprise and government customers to protect and future-proof critical long-term data over decades. It is designed for organizations with strict regulatory, privacy and security requirements and is fully managed by Preservica via two deployment models: in a private Azure network with dedicated resources in any region or on a customer’s own Azure infrastructure.

Architected for the future of digital preservation

Preservica v6.0 platform has been architected from the ground-up to meet the challenges of managing and preserving digital content into the future. The highly scalable and extensible design includes more granular control over content and metadata and support for greater automation and connectivity. 

ENHANCED: APIs : New API enhancements enable easier connectivity and integration with other content services platforms (CSPs), automated content and metadata acquisition, federated searching and for leveraging AI and Machine Learning services for high volume content classification, analytics and transcription.

Peter Anderton VP Product Management at Preservica adds Preservica v6.0 is a major, next generation step forward — both in terms making digital preservation simpler and more automated today but also delivering a highly scalable and extensible platform that is ready for the digital challenges of tomorrow. I am especially pleased that our amazing user community (now 200+ organizations strong) has made a major contribution to prioritizing and shaping the new version collaborating closely with our Innovation, Product and Engineering teams. It is all part of our vision to empower digital archivists and information managers to achieve more by making active digital preservation business as usual, seamlessly integrating with the systems that manage and protect our most valuable digital information.”

  • The Preservica 5 series will also be continued with the availability of Preservica 5.11, enabling Enterprise on Premise (EoP) customers with custom workflows and integrations to migrate overtime
  • Customers can learn more about Preservica v6.0 and 5.11 at the International User Group meeting in Oxford, UK, 9 – 10th April 2019 and will also receive an invite to join an online user briefing taking place on the 18th April

Join Preservica for a v6.0 live demo webinar:

Thursday, 25th April 2019 @ 10am EST / 3pm BST : Register here to secure your place

Take a product tour of Preservica v6.0 next generation active digital preservation

About Preservica

Preservica is changing the way organizations around the world protect and future-proof critical long-term digital information. Available in the cloud (SaaS) or on-premise, our award-winning active digital preservation software has been designed from the ground-up to tackle the unique challenges of ensuring digital information remains accessible and trustworthy over decades. 

It’s a proven solution that’s trusted by major corporations, archives, libraries, museums and government organizations around the world — including the UK National Archives, Texas State Library and Archives, MoMA, Yale, the World Bank and HSBC — to name a few. 

Visit: www​.pre​ser​vi​ca​.com Twitter: @preservica

Media inquiries

In the UK: For further information, please contact: Edward Clark, eclark@​thecommsco.​com, or call: +44 (0) 203 697 6680 

In Canada and the US: For further information, please contact: Maria Doyle, maria@​doylestratcomm.​com, or call: 7819643536

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