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WestVault enables members, using OwnCloud, 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 supercedes the  COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network (COPPUL PLN).


WestVault members pay an annual fee based on storage allocations. This fee includes:

  • Five independently-managed copies of all deposited data, distributed across five Western Canadian university data centres running diverse, state-of-the-art storage systems
  • Automatic digital content damage detection and repair mechanisms
  • Drag-and-drop deposit functionality
  • Ability to integrate with BC ELN's Arca Repository Service
LevelStorage AllocationAnnual Fee (excluding GST)
Level 1100 gigabytes (GB)$200
Level 2500 GB$1000
Level 31 terabyte (TB)$2000

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.

For more details about costs, see WestVault hosting partner infrastructure costs


WestVault members

WestVault's 16 members use OwnCloud's drag-and-drop or API interface to deposit content into a world-class distributed preservation storage service. See the WestVault Deposit Agreement for more details. A WestVault User Manual is also available.

  • Athabasca University
  • Brandon University
  • Camosun College (via BC ELN)
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design (via BC ELN)
  • MacEwan University
  • Mount Royal University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Winnipeg

WestVault Hosting Partners

WestVault Hosting Partners run LOCKSS boxes at their institutions based on a common Service Level Agreement.

  • University of Alberta
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of British Columbia

Other Partners

  • Technical support for LOCKSS-based components of WestVault is provided by Stanford Libraries.
  • Technical support and enhancements for the OwnCloud, LOCKSS-O-Matic, and staging server components of WestVault are provided by Simon Fraser University Libraries. This infrastructure is hosted at the University of British Columbia on the Educloud Server Service.

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