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London's Royal Botanic Gardens, at Kew, has selected Arkivum/100 for its long-term data storage and archive solution.

Kew has made significant IT investment in creating digital representations of physical objects contained within its collections to be able to archive them and make them widely accessible for the future. In addition to the preservation of this scientific digital collection, the system is also being used to archive digitised text that forms part of a collection of personal letters from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Kew is implementing Arkivum/100 and integrating it with the Aetopia Digital Asset Management system. The system will facilitate Kew in the sharing of digital images and digitised text from a number of its heritage and scientific collections that have immense scientific, cultural and public significance.

The Arkivum solution provides Kew with 100 terabytes of archive storage over eight years with future storage expansion of a similar size expected in the near future. The volume of data means that it is estimated that it will now take the staff at Kew nine months to move the data into the archive system.  

'The investment that Kew has made in Arkivum/100 as part of the project to digitally represent its physical objects is significant,' said Steve Mackey, VP sales for heritage and culture at Arkivum. 'It forms a key part of its ability to share digitised images and text. The long-term sharing initiative is secured and backed by the Arkivum 100 per cent data integrity guarantee that underpins the trustworthiness and authenticity of Kew’s digital data.'