Installing OAIS Software: DAITSS

On January 7, 2010, in Research, by Chris Prom

As I noted a few days ago, I have been trying to install and configure various pieces of software of use in and OAIS system, in an effort to discern whether it would be possible for an archivist to begin using them, even if they have very limited tech support. I spent a bit of additional time with RODA, and made some progress, which I’ll write about later. In the meantime, I thought I’d record my thoughts regarding the DAITSS software (Dark Archive in the Sunshine State). If you are not familiar with it, DAITSS is intended to run (as its name implies) as a non-public storage system, complaint with the general principles of the OAIS reference model. Like RODA and Archivematica, it includes (or at least allows for the integration of) various preservation actions, such as conversion of files from one format to another, using some of the same tools that are integrated into the other applications, such as ImageMagick.

Based on my testing, implementing DAITSS would be beyond the capability of most archivists. I found installation more difficult than with RODA, and gave up quite a bit earlier in the process, mainly because the installation documentation assumed a level of knowledge regarding server configuration that is far beyond that of any ‘power user’ or a typical archivists.

My detailed ranking and testing notes are after the break.

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