The ArchivesDirect complete hosted solution for preserving
valuable institutional collections and all types of digital resources
was developed by Artefactual Systems and DuraSpace and was publicly released in March 2015.
The service combines Archivematica, a preservation workflow tool designed by Artefactual, and DuraCloud, an archival cloud storage and preservation service from DuraSpace.
Users of ArchivesDirect have access to a robust suite of digital
preservation functions via the online dashboard. Archivematica, well
known for its ability to produce highly standardized and interoperable
Archival Information Packages, automatically transfers AIP packages to
DuraCloud for long-term secure archival storage. Some of the key
features of Archivematica that are also available in ArchivesDirect
include assigning permanent identifiers and checksums, virus checking,
identifying and validating file formats, extracting technical metadata,
normalizing files to preservation-friendly formats, and generating
detailed PREMIS and METS metadata to facilitate inter-repository data
exchange. Key features of DuraCloud included in ArchivesDirect are
automated health checking of the content, reporting, and storing
multiple synchronized copies in both Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier.
ArchivesDirect is built on Archivematica and DuraCloud which are
unique among preservation and archiving solutions because they are both
open-source software which is documented and freely available. This
means that ArchivesDirect users can download their data at any point.
All formats are based on open standards and there is no proprietary formatting/packaging of content. This
means that users of the ArchivesDirect service do not have to worry
about data or vendor lock-in and the service can be run locally at any