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SHAMAN - Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent Archiving


The goal of SHAMAN, a European Commission project sponsored as part of the Seventh Framework Programme, was the development of a next generation Digital Preservation network system.

A basic precondition for developing an internationally-networked archiving infrastructure is the analysis of existing systems and institutional approaches, technologies and archiving processes. Based upon the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model, the aim was to create an open and extensible framework which defined all components, services, interfaces and specifications in the context of uniform and comprehensive long-term preservation standards in a way which facilitated their reuse. A distributed archiving infrastructure using GRID technologies was set up. SHAMAN developed concepts, technologies and services which were then evaluated in test environments and practical scenarios.

The German National Library assumed responsibility for the "Document Production, Archival, Access and Reuse in the Context of Memory Institutions for Scientific and Governmental Collections" work package. Here it oversaw the development of a software prototype which would enable archiving and provision of book-like publications.


European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme

Project duration

2008 - 2011

Last update: 23.01.2012

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