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Comparing repository software for preserving personal digital archives

Methodology

Defining requirements

The needs of managers, archivists, system administrators and developers should be considered when evaluating repository software. These needs are several, sometimes conflicting and overlapping between groups in such a way that it is challenging to produce a coherent model for comparison. Many needs can be characterised as functional requirements, but others which relate to extensibility of the software, sustainability of the user/developer community and usability are equally important. Paradigm drew on many sources to draw up evaluation criteria, including the archivists' experience of traditional archival principles, functions and activities; the OAIS model; other repository evaluations and the RLG/NARA Audit Checklist for Certifying Digital Repositories.

Evaluation methodology

The project did not adopt a formal methodology to evaluate the repositories. However the following were among the methods used: