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Scope:         Migration and Ingest of Business Records from a Bespoke Business System

Estonia Business Archive


Often, the cost of migrating this information to a newer system can prove complex and prohibitively expensive.When commercial or private sector data is stored or left in databases that are then untouched for significant periods of time or become out of date, retrieving and reusing information can be difficult.

Companies need solutions to extract information that is still valuable though not in active use, but which needs to be kept for a variety of reasons – legal, compliance, business – and then reused.

The National Archives of Estonia are working alongside Estonian Business Archives on this pilot. As a service company to the private sector, the latter have extensive experience of and are familiar with needs and requirements of the private sector.

This pilot is testing an E-ARK Database Preservation Toolkit (DTP) at the SIP (submission information package) creation stage, allowing information to be transferred from old platforms to an interim standardised format which is then digestible by newer systems.

This tool being piloted is SIARD (Software Independent Archiving Relational Databases http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/fdd/fdd000426.shtml) and the intention is to create a new format in which the data is then kept alive and sustainable for future use.

It is hoped that SIARD will become the de facto industry standard in due course.

 

 

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