Southeastern Digital Dark Archive

Southeastern's Digital Dark Archive (DDA) service provides a low-cost, secure, and geographically distributed storage solution for the long-term preservation of Southeastern members’ locally created digital resources.Southeastern is committed to helping member organizations preserve important digital content for the future. The DDA is not intended to be a depositor’s only backup system, but rather intended to provide an additional storage solution as part of a comprehensive digital preservation/backup strategy.

For more information on digital preservation and Southeastern's Digital Dark Archive, please read the following FAQ:

What is Digital Preservation?
Digital Preservation is the formal management and maintenance of digital objects so they can be accessed and used in the future. Digital information is more fragile than analog information and requires active management to ensure its continued accessibility.

What is a Digital Dark Archive?
A digital dark archive is a file storage system designed to preserve the information it contains and serve as a failsafe during disaster recovery. It is typically used for the preservation of content that is accessible elsewhere. A digital dark archive is not publicly accessible; access is restricted to a few individuals.

How is Southeastern’s Digital Dark Archive Different from a File Backup System?
A file backup system simply copies files to another location. Southeastern’s Digital Dark Archive includes file fixity checking, virus scanning, and standardized preservation metadata.

Who is Eligible to Participate in the Digital Dark Archive Service?
Any Southeastern member organization may participate in the Digital Dark Archive service.

What File Formats May be Submitted to the Digital Dark Archive?
At this time, Southeastern will accept TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, PDF, MP3, and WAV.

How Does an Organization Transfer Files to the Digital Dark Archive?
Two methods of transfer are available. An organization may transfer files directly to the Digital Dark Archive staging server over the web, if they have the bandwidth to support data transfers. Alternatively, an organization may deliver a hard drive to Southeastern.

How Much Does it Cost to Participate in the Digital Dark Archive Service?

There are different costs by content type:

a.  Hudson River Valley Heritage (HRVH) content

Southeastern members that contribute to HRVH may deposit up to 500 GB of HRVH content for no additional annual fees. If a member’s HRVH files exceed 500 GB, additional storage through the Service can be obtained at the following annual rates:

< 99GB        $100
100GB-199GB    $200
200GB-299GB $300
300GB-399GB $400
400GB-499GB $500
>500GB Call for quote

 
b.  Other content

Any Southeastern member that wishes to store other digital assets in the Digital Dark Archive may do so at the following annual rates:

< 99GB $100
100GB-199GB $200
200GB-299GB $300
300GB-399GB $400
400GB-499GB $500
>500GB Call for quote

Upload fee: If the member doesn’t have the bandwidth to upload files directly to the Digital Dark Archive server, a hard drive can be delivered to Southeastern and Southeastern staff will perform the upload for a fee of $50 per upload.

Whom at Southeastern do I Contact for More Information?
For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Palmentiero, Digital Services Librarian (845.883.9065 x116 / jennifer@senylrc.org)
Or
Zack Spalding, Systems Manager (845.883.9065 x111 / spalding@senylrc.org)