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BC ELN and COPPUL working together: Arca Collaborative Digital Repository and COPPUL Digital Preservation Network

VANCOUVER, B.C., November 30, 2016 — The British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) and the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) announced today the signing of an agreement that will enable COPPUL members to join the Arca Collaborative Digital Repository while providing existing Arca members access to COPPUL’s emerging suite of digital preservation services.

Both BC ELN and COPPUL have a common interest in ensuring that the high-value digital materials of their member institutions are accessible to their communities over the long term. By leveraging their respective expertise and service infrastructures in the areas of institutional repositories and digital preservation, both BC ELN and COPPUL members will benefit from this agreement.

Under this agreement, COPPUL members will be able to participate in the Arca Collaborative Digital Repository, which is based on a shared instance of the open source Islandora Digital Repository Framework. At the same time, Arca participants will have access to an emerging set of digital preservation services being developed as part of the COPPUL Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN), including preservation storage in COPPUL’s Private LOCKSS Network, and preservation processing services such as Archivematica-as-a-Service.

“This agreement brings together two of Western Canada’s most innovative library-led initiatives, both of which are enormously important in helping academic libraries protect and provide access to their unique digital collections for years to come,” said COPPUL Executive Director Kristina McDavid.

"Our common mandate to increase capacity for member libraries by leveraging collective resources and expertise is beautifully realised in this BC ELN-COPPUL partnership, which will put supported repository and preservation infrastructure within reach for all our libraries," said BC ELN Executive Director Anita Cocchia.

About BC ELN and the Arca Collaborative Repository
BC ELN is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and its post-secondary libraries. BC ELN's purpose is to develop, promote, and maintain system-wide solutions and services to BC’s learners, educators, and researchers at the best cost. Arca, made possible by a partnership between BC ELN and software firm discoverygarden, and supported by a grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education, is a collaborative initiative to support the development and implementation of digital repositories at BC post-secondary institutions.

COPPUL members leverage their collective expertise, resources, and influence to increase capacity and infrastructure, and to enhance the learning, teaching, student experiences, and research at member institutions. COPPUL members include 22 university libraries in Western Canada. COPPUL is currently undertaking a major project that aims to transform its current digital preservation activities into a set of comprehensive, flexible, scalable, and sustainable services provided through a COPPUL Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN).

Sunni Nishimura
Manager, BC ELN

Corey Davis