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Putting digitised collections online: democratisation of hidden analogue art

By |March 6th, 2015|

Being in IT, have you strived for years to join other institutions and get your digitised collections online for your students and academics? Well, while it’s not exactly higher education, the […]

307% Boost in citations = open access benefit

By |February 27th, 2015|

Citations, citations, citations: As we’ve mentioned before, they are clearly one of the main benefits of open access to research. It’s hard to argue that researchers will not achieve better […]

1 Million pages of 17th century social history… an open access success story

By |February 26th, 2015|

Many of us have heard about the legendary 17th and 18th century writings from the British Journal; Daily Courant; Daily Gazetteer; Lloyd’s Evening Post; British Chronicle; and London Chronicle. Each […]

What digital dark age?

By |February 23rd, 2015|

There’s been an awful lot of nonsense written in the media following Vint Cerf’s assertion that we are heading for the “digital dark ages… a  forgotten century”. My question is […]

We all carry around a ton of data – now’s the time for a storage strategy

By |February 23rd, 2015|

Do you ever think about how much data you lug around every day? Well, it’s probably more than you think – enough to have your own library filled from all […]

Open access will have a profound impact on human health

By |February 20th, 2015|

We all now know how open access to research data can provide the wide research community with greater visibility into each other’s work, but it’s worth considering the the health […]

Still reluctant to share your data? Many researchers are moving in a new direction.

By |February 20th, 2015|

Whilst funder policies attempt to accelerate data sharing, some individual researchers remain reluctant to share their own research data with other researchers. Do you fall into this ‘reluctant’ category?

Are you […]

Obscure texts from the Middle Ages: going digital

By |February 11th, 2015|

At your higher education institution—whether you work in the research department, library or administration—can you think of any obscure texts that professors and students would be richer for having been […]

Better access to research data: there are only winners

By |February 9th, 2015|

When it comes to all the different parties involved in the system of scholarly communications, can you think of one stakeholder who does not profit from better access to research data? […]

3 Questions: How do you know if you need large-scale data archiving?

By |February 2nd, 2015|

Well, for a start, you’ll be able to answer YES! to the following three questions:

Do you have large volumes of data?
Do you need to keep that data for quite a long […]

New ideas. New products. New jobs: Open access delivers!

By |January 30th, 2015|

We’ve covered a lot of ground recently discussing the numerous benefits of open access to research outputs in past blog posts, including how the free research can be a valuable […]

EPSRC Guidelines: What are they and how can you meet them? An interview with Matthew Addis, Arkivum CTO.

By |January 30th, 2015|

Our very own CTO, Matthew Addis, is interviewed alongside Kevin Ashley, the Director at the Digital Curation Centre, about the EPSRC guidelines.

In an enlightening article in University Business magazine, Frank […]

It’s not just about ‘born-digital’. The impact of digitising ‘born physical’ archives is vast and far-reaching.

By |January 21st, 2015|

The global move to digitise historical archives that weren’t ‘born digital’ (much like we’re seeing with the ULCC project at the Linnean Society) has a huge impact on scholarly and […]

The Wellcome Trust: Advocates of the benefits of open access to funded research

By |January 19th, 2015|

There continues to be a growing consensus that access to funded research data should be open whenever and wherever possible (and that this is a Good Thing). To illustrate this, […]

How similar are the EPSRC and RCUK open access requirements?

By |January 14th, 2015|

In some of our recent posts, we’ve highlighted some of the the ins and outs of the EPSRC requirements for each of the research institutions it funds to devise a […]

3 Questions to ask when seeing eye-popping data numbers

By |January 6th, 2015|

As you look back on 2014 and prepares for the coming year, have you thought about how you’ll be handling the explosion of big data? Or even just handling the […]

Open access to research data. It’s easier than you think.

By |December 19th, 2014|

The open access movement, which works toward reducing limitations on data sharing (and promoting it of course), has grown rapidly in the last decade. The EPSRC has, as we know, […]

Maximising long-term open access to research data (keeping funding bodies happy)

By |December 17th, 2014|

Have you ever wondered how research funding bodies extend the value of their grant cash—helping them continue to earn income over the long term? It’s by making sure that the […]

Do you know what journeys your data has been on? And what’s a chain of custody anyway?

By |December 11th, 2014|

Are you confident you can assert the provenance of your data?
If faced with a compliance audit, would you able to prove your data’s authenticity by providing a trail back to […]

You need a data archiving strategy: Because your data isn’t going to archive itself

By |December 8th, 2014|

Like many institutions out there, you’re probably facing a colossal pile of data. Before it adds up, it may be time to consider how your organisation is going to handle […]

5 Reasons why you need digital data archiving

By |December 3rd, 2014|

Digital data archiving.

Data archiving.


What is it and how will you know if you need it?

If you or your organisation have large volumes of data that need to be kept for a […]

How durable is your cloud storage service?

By |November 25th, 2014|

Cloud storage providers are entrusted with the long-term storage of data and we trust them with that data because they provide claims of very low rates of data loss. What […]

Jisc Framework: Reduced pricing for large data volumes.

By |November 12th, 2014|

Sustainable, budget-conscious data archiving is increasingly a key issue for research and education organisations, causing many of them to review their current data archiving capacity. And with 1 May 2015 […]

Collaborating with vendors of services for digital curation

By |November 3rd, 2014|

Our CTO, Matthew Addis, has written an informative article that takes a vendor perspective to the recent 4C (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) draft roadmap document (“Investing in […]

On-Site, All-Inclusive, Flexible Digital Data Archiving—What’s Not To Love?

By |October 22nd, 2014|

Have you ever considered migrating your organisation to an offsite cloud service, but were forced to look elsewhere because of confidentiality and regulatory issues? Could your organisation not make the […]

Arkivum/1+1: Long-term, large-scale data archiving and storage

By |October 22nd, 2014|

Picture this common scenario for higher education IT and data managers: it’s the end of the year, and you’re planning out next year’s digital data archiving strategy. You decide that […]

Lab instrument data archiving? That’s a lot of data you’ve got there.

By |October 14th, 2014|

Data intensive instruments
As data volumes continue to explode, how is your organisation going to handle the challenge of managing and monitoring this massive wave of data? Take the biomedical industry, […]

Does your data archive vendor give you documented exit strategy?

By |October 10th, 2014|

If you typically make snappy decisions (they’re good, but they sometimes don’t plan ahead), remember to take a breath before you choose your digital data archive vendor. Companies that are […]

The digital universe is exploding – what archive solution will you choose?

By |October 6th, 2014|

Whether you work in a biomedical facility, university, government entity or elsewhere, the need for digital data archive storage is clearly apparent. The numbers are indisputable: the digital world is […]