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Latest version of Preservica provides new levels of control and flexibility for archives, libraries and museums

Boston, MA US and Oxford, UK | April 2016 | Preservica, a world leader in digital preservation, has announced the latest release (v5.6) of its Digital Preservation and Access software. The new features build on Preservica’s active post-ingest file format migration and storage management to give libraries, museums, archives and businesses new levels of control and flexibility over how they manage, arrange, migrate, share and store their valuable digital content overtime – as needs, demands and technologies change.

Preservica’s collection arrangement and explorer view has been significantly enhanced with “drag-and-drop” making it easy to create and re-create alternative hierarchies, collections or archival structures. In addition, v5.6 introduces easy to build Virtual Collections to enable the rapid creation of temporary exhibitions or new ways of discovering and searching the collection or archive.

Preservica v5.6 also adds recoverable delete giving greater control over the removal of content overtime and protecting the collection or archive from accidental or malicious deletions.

Version 5.6 also uses Preservica’s proven catalog synchronization framework to add support for ArchivesSpace. Developed in collaboration with Yale University Library the new synchronization simplifies the ingest and preservation of digital content and enables institutions to maintain a single catalog view across both physical and digital assets by automatically synchronizing catalog hierarchy and metadata between ArchivesSpace and Preservica, maintaining synchronization even after ingest.

Preservica’s easy to customize Universal Access has also been enhanced with faceted search, a new capability developed in collaboration with The Trustees of Reservations which will be followed by further advanced search capabilities in future releases.

Finally, v5.6 extends Preservica’s core digital preservation tool set – which already supports over a 1000 different file formats and 300 migration pathways – adding Handbrake for easy video file migration to web-friendly HTML-5 format, as well as new easy-to-use preservation registry search functions.

Jon Tilbury, CEO Preservica adds “The majority of the new features in v5.6 are down to the valued input of the growing Preservica user community who work closely with us and each other to simplify the challenge of ensuring their valuable digital content remains findable and accessible into the future”.

Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library adds “Collaborating with Preservica to develop and deliver the ArchivesSpace synchronization and the new Virtual Collection capability in such a short space of time is the reason why we chose a flexible digital preservation platform that can adapt and scale as our archiving needs grow and change overtime. It is also very satisfying to know that these new features are now available to other Preservica users as part of a well-supported product roadmap”.

All Preservica Editions (cloud and on premise) will include the new functionality, and will be available to existing Preservica customers through their regular maintenance and update program.

New features included in Preservica v5.6 (all Editions)

New Core Digital Preservation Tools
– easily migrate video files to web-friendly HTML-5 format
“Drag and Drop” Collection Arrangement
– quickly and easily arrange and re-arrange records, hierarchies and collection structures
Virtual Collections
– rapidly build temporary exhibitions and provide alternative ways of searching, discovering and accessing digital content
Recoverable Delete
– safely remove unwanted content overtime and protect the archive from malicious or accidental deletions
ArchivesSpace Catalog Synchronization
– automatically synchronize metadata and hierarchy between ArchivesSpace and Preservica, during and at any time after ingest
Public Access Faceted Search
– simplify collection and archive discovery and search
Preservica are also running a product briefing & demo webinar:
Preservica v5.6 Overview of New Collection Arrangement Tools & Demonstration of Catalog Synchronization with ArchivesSpace
Thursday, 28th April 2016, 11am-12pm, EST, 3pm-4pm UK

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