Archivematica-as-a-Service (AaaS)

Archivematica is an open-source digital preservation system designed to maintain standards-based, long-term access to collections of digital objects. COPPUL offers Archivematica-as-a-Service (AaaS) to members and other partners wishing to preserve digital holdings without installing and locally managing Archivematica instances.

Shared service model

The service is a joint effort of COPPUL, Artefactual Systems, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) through their EduCloud Server Service. COPPUL promotes the service, signs up new institutions and provided seed funding for the one-time set-up costs; Artefactual Systems provides installation, ongoing technical support and user training; and UBC provides a fee-based server hosting and digital object storage and back-up service.


  • Access to an widely-used, standards-based, open-source digital preservation platform and community, without the need for local IT resources to support installation, maintenance, and hosting.
  • Training and technical support services from experienced Archivematica developers and digital preservation specialists with a strong understanding of academic library needs.
  • Centralized system administration at a much lower cost than paying for a local system administrator.

Hosting and digital object storage and back-up are provided through UBC's EduCloud Server Service, a community cloud-based service for the public Higher Education community of British Columbia. This cloud computing service meets British Columbia provincial privacy requirements under the FIPPA legislation and offers the benefits of a Virtual Server Service such as server consolidation, resource pooling, high availability of the service, and regular backups.

Tiered service levels

Three different service levels are available to member institutions. All service levels include access to an Archivematica installation on a dedicated virtual machine. Archivematica provides a web-based dashboard to manage ingest, preservation planning, Archival Information Packaging and storage management based on the Open Archival Information Systems (OAIS) reference model.

Bronze level ($7,980/year)

  • Archivematica for digital preservation
  • 2 CPUs, 16 GB RAM
  • 400 GB disk space for processing and storage

Silver level ($11,060/year)

  • Archivematica for digital preservation
  • 4 CPUs, 32 GB RAM,
  • 1 TB disk space for processing and storage

Gold level ($18,480/year)

  • Archivematica for digital preservation + AtoM for online public access to preserved content
  • 8 CPUs, 48 GB RAM,
  • 2 TB disk space for processing and storage


  • Additional storage: $500 per TB. Available for all subscription levels.
  • DSpace+ integration: $4,000 for the first year and $2,000 for subsequent years. Available for Gold and Silver service levels only.
  • Pipelines+ : Additional processing pipelines are available for $7,980 per pipeline per year (1 TB storage each). Available for Gold and Silver service levels only.
  • AtoM hosting: $2,240 per year.

For more information, contact Y.G. Rancourt, CDSN Coordinator (

Participating Institutions

  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Memorial University (via CAUL-CBUA)