SCAPE (Scalable Preservation Environments)

SCAPE is an EU-funded project which directs towards long term digital preservation of large-scale and heterogeneous collections of digital-objects. It aims to develop scalable services for preservation planning and preservation actions on an open source platform. These services will be based on a framework for automated, quality assured work-flows, which will be elaborated and tested during the project runtime. A policy-based preservation planning tool and an automated watch system will ensure a secure and targeted implementation of the preservation strategy.

SCAPE preservation components will be able to:

  • Identify the need to act to preserve all or parts of a repository through characterisation and trend analysis;
  • Define responses to those needs using formal descriptions of preservation policies and preservation plans;
  • Allow a high degree of automation, and scalable processing;
  • Monitor the quality of preservation processes

The SCAPE consortium brings together experts from memory institutions, data centres, research labs, universities, and industrial firms in order to research and develop scalable preservation systems that can be practically deployed within the next three to five years. SCAPE is dedicated towards producing open source software solutions available to the entire digital preservation community. The project results will be curated and further exploited by the Open Planets Foundation. They will also be exploited by a small-to-medium enterprise and research institutions within the consortium catering to the preservation community, and by two large industrial IT partners.

SCAPE started on 1 February 2011 and will run until 31 July 2014. The project is funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7). The KB National Library of the Netherlands leads the work on Policy representation, the SCAPE User group and the Takeup sub-project that is responsible for dissemination, training and sustainability of results. More information is available from the SCAPE website at: