Sherpa DP2 will extend the collaborative, shared preservation environment developed by the Sherpa DP project. This new project will build on that work by extending the implementation model to interact with repositories holding different and varied types of digital content and using a more diverse range of content management systems.
Specifically, the aims, objectives and outcomes of the Sherpa DP 2 project are:
- Extend the Sherpa DP OAIS-based distributed preservation model to accommodate different types of institutional repositories and different collaboration methods, and investigate other options for provision of distributed preservation services.
- Investigate and develop tools to transform repository content (digital objects) as base64 encoded bitstreams for placing inside METS packages. The tool will also create the basic METS package and ensure that the encoded bitstream is appropriately located within the package.
- Investigate and assess other methods for connecting to digital repositories and downloading repository metadata and content.
- Refine the Sherpa DP set of protocols and software in order to interact with institutional repositories using a wider range of repository software applications (all but one of the Sherpa DP repositories uses EPrints software) and with a broad range of digital object types.
- Amend, update and expand as appropriate the Digital Preservation User Guide produced by the original Sherpa DP project to take account of the outcomes and lessons of the Sherpa DP2 project.
The SHERPA DP project was lead by the Arts and Humanities Data Service (a SHERPA Development Partner and part of King’s College London) with the University of Nottingham, (the lead institution for the SHERPA Project) as the named project partner. The following institutional repositories served as project partners:
- University of Hull
- University of Oxford
- Goldsmith College
- 1st Class Security Company
- Centre for Computing in the Humanities
- University of Edinburgh
- University College London
The SHERPA Management Board has agreed to act as management group for the SHERPA DP2 project.