Archiving and preservation for research environments

ARCHIVER & EOSC, the European Open Science Cloud

Towards “research-ready” commercial services for long-term archiving and preservation of scientific data

Currently, many research projects cannot manage their data, as the archiving and preservation services are inadequate or fall below expectations while data stewardship costs are frequently underestimated during the planning phase. 

Acting as a collective of procurers, the ARCHIVER consortium aims to create an ecosystem for specialist ICT companies active in archiving and digital preservation, willing to introduce innovative services capable of supporting the expanding needs of research communities in several scientific domains, under a common innovative procurement activity for the advanced stewardship of publicly funded data in Europe.Using the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP instrument) and building on the results of recent award-winning projects, ARCHIVER’s goal is to fulfil these data management promises in a multi-disciplinary environment, allowing each research group to retain responsibility and stewardship of their data whilst leveraging best practices, standards and economies of scale.

Specifically, ARCHIVER will provide:

  • “Research ready” commercial services for data archiving and preservation, co-designed, co-developed and co-tested by the research community partnering with industry expertise.

  • Trustworthy repository services with a transparent business model adapted to the requirements of long-term preservation of data. Innovative models such as requirement/demand aggregation through Buyers Groups and the use of vouchers as an incentive to turn research data FAIR.

  • A set of derived “Rules of Participation” at technical, legal and financial level, for the private sector that include a technical test suite developed by the European research community, follow standard best practices, a privacy compliance kit for research data that include the technical and organisational measures needed to ensure adequacy to European legislation (e.g. GDPR and Free Flow of Data) and viable, field test exit plans, to ensure data portability and avoid vendor lock-ins.

These innovative services are now ready to be commercialized and part of the catalogue of the European Open Science Cloud. These services, ensuring the long-term preservation of FAIR research data are among the five types foreseen on the EOSC Strategic Implementation Plan.



ARCHIVER Long-Term Data preservation solutions are now available on the EOSC portal.

LABDRIVE, the ultimate Research Data Management and Digital Preservation platform

LABDRIVE is a Research Data Management and Digital Preservation platform that focuses on scientific datasets. The solution is developed by a consortium lead by LIBNOVA, awarded in the framework of the ARCHIVER Pre-Commercial Procurement tender to design, prototype and pilot a solution for long-term data preservation. LABDRIVE allows organizations to transition from a siloed approach in which each series of datasets, departments or units are using multiple, disaggregated systems to keep content to a single repository that can adapt to the particularities of each dataset, unifying all content in a single platform. The platform works for organizations with a few gigabytes of data, to organizations managing several petabytes. Digital preservation principles always present: Data protection comes first. Fully aligned with OAIS, ISO16363, redundant checks and safe processes.

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Arkivum: Petabyte scale digital preservation, guaranteeing the long-term use of scientific research data

Arkivum is an innovative new SaaS solution for archiving, preserving and accessing vast and hugely valuable scientific datasets from disciplines that include astronomy, particle physics, genomics and more. The solution is developed by a consortium lead by Arkivum, awarded in the framework of the ARCHIVER Pre-Commercial Procurement tender to design, prototype and pilot a solution for long-term data preservation.

The solution has been purpose built to archive and preserve up to petabyte scale datasets in the most cost-effective and environmentally stable way


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ARCHIVER contribution to the EUROPEAN OPEN SCIENCE CLOUD (EOSC) - Interview with João Fernandes, CERN and ARCHIVER project coordinator


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