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to solve key issues as it has partnered with leading
libraries to digitise and make accessible collections
of complex digital objects (i.e. book images) - and
thereby has developed into a leading service provider
in this field of competency (www.octavo.com).
The case study will look into Octavo's partnership
model and technology services, in particular how
they managed to put in place a high-performance
Storage Area Network and DAM system.
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CASE STUDY:
CTAVO
L
ibraries, archives and
museums that hold collec-
tions of rare books and
manuscripts are facing a number
of conflicting goals.They want to
make their treasures accessible to
scholars and students, and to use
them in exhibitions and other
educational programmes, while at
the same time assuring their secu-
rity and long-term preservation.
Regarding the competing
requirements of preservation and
access, digital technologies have
opened up new opportunities for
the cultural and scientific heritage
institutions.Yet, the institutions
themselves are often unsure about
their technology commitments
and how to achieve high-quality,
reliable and cost-effective solutions.The many chal-
lenges they face in managing digital assets include for
example: size of high-resolution image files and
multitude of uses for derivatives, metadata and cata-
loguing information management, data storage and
distribution systems, long-term preservation of digital
assets, overall system management, search and retrieval
systems, interfaces, and many more.
This case study describes how Octavo has managed
PRESERVATION AND
ACCESS: COMING
TO TERMS WITH
CONFLICTING GOALS
BRINGING THE CAPABILITIES OF
ADVANCED DIGITAL MEDIA TO RARE
BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS
By Guntram Geser