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Comparing repository software for preserving personal digital archives

Repository evaluation conclusions

Neither DSpace or Fedora meet the needs of a production repository for personal digital archives as-is. Given the requirement to undertake development work, Fedora is the better choice because of its open architecture, proven scalability, flexible data model and the distribution and interests of its community. Development priorities include an interface which implements a workflow for ingest to the repository, and a dissemination user interface which supports search, retrieval and display for objects in the preservation repository. These interfaces must be designed such that they are usable by archival staff. Pre-requisites for the design of these interfaces is the development of detailed content models which specify how object types (e.g. website, email directory) and formats (html, jpeg, pst, mbox) are to be treated, and what metadata the repository must capture about them.