WestVault provides user-friendly paths for members to ingest digital content into a distributed digital preservation storage network, ensuring the longevity, integrity, and accessibility of critical digital content over the long-term.
WestVault employs the award-winning LOCKSS software to provide a high-redundancy, independently-administered peer storage network spread across all 4 Western provinces. WestVault monitors content health and automatically repairs damage and recovers from data loss events.
WestVault superceded the previous COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network (COPPUL PLN).
WestVault members pay an annual fee based on storage allocations. This fee includes:
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Additional storage can be purchased in either 500 GB or 1 TB increments for current pricing. If the Depositor's storage exceeds purchased storage allocations, the Depositor must obtain additional storage in either 500 GB or 1 TB increments, or at the next level at current pricing, whichever is less.
WestVault currently has 17 participants. Those include 15 of COPPUL's 23 member institutions, and 2 external partners via BC-ELN.
Participants abide by the terms of the WestVault Deposit Agreement [.pdf], which helps ensure the security and integrity of preserved content.
Reporting to the CDSN Standing Committee, the Preservation Infrastructure Working Group (PIWG) guides COPPUL's efforts to build and support development of community-based digital preservation infrastructure. That includes overseeing Westvault operations, and engaging in strategic planning to ensure our preservation storage solutions develop in line with user needs. The group welcomes engagement from WestVault hosts and depositors, and from allied community-based infrastructure providers.
WestVault Hosting Partners run LOCKSS boxes at their institutions based on a common Service Level Agreement.
For service inquiries and support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.