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Ex Libris Announces the Beta Release of Rosetta Version 2.0

Ex Libris Group ( announced the beta release of version 2.0 of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system. Currently undergoing beta testing at the National Library of New Zealand, version 2.0 will be rolled out to all Rosetta customers in spring 2010.

The Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system enables institutions to manage, preserve, and provide access to documents for perpetuity-institutional documents, research output in digital formats, digital images, websites, and other digitally born and digitized materials. Rosetta supports the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, preservation, and dissemination of digital objects from many sources and formats and keeps this information secure while allowing institutions to implement multiple digital preservation policies and strategies.

The company says that version 2.0 introduces a first of its kind preservation planning module. Complying with the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) standard, the module enables institutions to manage and mitigate risks related to digital formats and to perform a variety of preservation actions. The preservation planning module consists of risk mitigation and a format library. Rosetta manages the preservation planning process from risk to action-allowing the evaluation and comparison of different preservation options. In addition, Rosetta offers a library of digital formats based on the PRONOM global format archive, which enables libraries to add and manage additional formats as they become relevant and to register different risks for new formats.

With version 2.0, Rosetta institutions can share information about risks and formats on a network level. Other highlights of the new product version include the following:

  • Object deletion: In accordance with distinct digital preservation conventions, the deletion process in version 2.0 requires further approval before an item can be deleted. The reason given for the deletion is stored permanently.
  • Restoring objects from permanent storage: To prevent objects from being lost or destroyed, Rosetta stores information on disk as part of the permanent repository. Version 2.0 enables objects from the permanent repository to be restored at any time.
  • Access rights exceptions: Rosetta enables a library to define access rights based on the institution's unique policies. With version 2.0, libraries will be able to create exemptions and temporary changes to the access policy, such as short-term access for a specialist researcher.

Source: Ex Libris Group

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