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Preservica's active digital preservation platform is being trialled by 11 UK higher education (HE) institutions as part of Jisc’s Research Data Shared Service (RDSS) pilot project.

Across universities, but especially in research, there is a new challenge to manage the large quantities of data now being produced. ‘Big Data’ is providing us with opportunity for new knowledge, but with this opportunity comes compliance requirements from funders, financial constraints and access issues.

Preservica was selected by Jisc to collaborate in developing the shared service, which will allow UK HE institutions to easily deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, archiving and preservation.

It says the ultimate aim is to develop a managed service that can be offered to UK higher education, relieving the burden of building and deploying university IT infrastructure, and enabling best practice in research data management.

'Preservica plays a vital role in the success of the Jisc Research Data Shared Service project,' says John Kaye, senior co-design manager at Jisc. 'Preservica’s digital preservation software allows our members to easily preserve and securely share research content. Preservica also brings decades of digital preservation expertise in the education sector, along with an openness to collaborate on the development of new features and functions'