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Report of the Format Notification and Obsolescence Service (AONSII)

CollectionsAustralian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
Title: Report of the Format Notification and Obsolescence Service (AONSII)
Author(s): Pearson, David
Walker, Matthew
Keywords: APSR
Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
Automated Obsolescence Notification System
digital sustainability
digital repositories
file obsolescence
Date published: Nov-2007
Publisher: Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories
This document reports on the outcome of the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) AONS II software development project. During the 2007 development cycle, the project aimed: “To refine the Automatic Obsolescence Notification System (AONS) developed in an earlier stage of APSR, to a platform-independent downloadable tool that automatically provides information from authoritative international registries to support decisions on preservation action required to retain access to information resources stored in repositories”. The software developed during this project was intended to serve the national interests by providing infrastructure to improve the long-term preservation of digital materials in: • Local standalone repositories; • Networked enterprise repositories; and • Federated large scale repository structures. The target repositories for the use of this software exist in education, research and library sectors but, as an open source product there are many more potential users. The basis for this project was the 2006 APSR AONS I prototype software project which was a collaboration between the NLA and the Australian National University (ANU), the software developer. The AONS II project refined and extended the work of this earlier project.


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