Thursday, January 21, 2016

Exactly: a new tool for digital file acquisitions

Last week AVPreserve and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History announced the release of a new tool for born-digital acquisition and delivery.

Building on work originally begun by the Gates Archive, the Nunn Center and AVPreserve developed Exactly to meet the growing need for archives to acquire born-digital content directly from donors and to begin the steps for establishing provenance and fixity early in the process of acquisition.

Read more about how the Nunn Center is using Exactly here.

Exactly is a simple and easy-to-use application for remotely and safely transferring any born-digital material from a sender to a recipient. Exactly utilizes the BagIt File Packaging Format, supports FTP transfer as well as standard network transfers, and integrates into desktop-based file sharing workflows such as Dropbox or Google Drive. Additionally, Exactly allows the recipient to create customized metadata templates for the sender to fill out before submission. Exactly can send email notifications with transfer data and manifests when files have been delivered to the archive.

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