10/03/2016: Introducing Open Source Platform dras-tic

The DCIC is officially launching the “dras-tic” archiving platform at iPRES 2016, today Oct. 4, 2016.  The University of Maryland has concluded a significant license agreement with Archives Analytics Solutions ltd., a software development firm in the United Kingdom, for the ownership and use of its lead product, Indigo. This was developed in collaboration with the University’s Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) in the College of Information Studies as the result of a $10.5 M NSF grant.

Indigo, now renamed dras-tic (digital repository at scale that invites computation [that improves collections]), is an open source license. The goal is to build out an open source platform into a horizontally scalable archives framework serving the national library, archives, and scientific management communities. Professor Richard Marciano, Director of the DCIC, said, “ I am delighted that we have secured  the Indigo product for our use.  We are actively engaged in the Big Data community and, in particular, the effective storage, management, and retrieval of data. We see this new software as it evolves into the dras-tic platform as a credible solution for Big Data management in large organizations in the cultural heritage, business, and scientific research communities.”

The computational archival science community of research partners will use the dras-tic repository software in iterative fashion to process and make available complex archival collections. This new methodology supports innovative teaching and can bring together interdisciplinary student research teams that master tools to create enhanced automated finding aids and create access points into Big Data archival collections. Looking ahead, John Burns, Chief Technology Officer at AAS said,” We have been working closely with Richard and his team for some time now, and this agreement provides the next logical step in the evolution of the product. We see an exciting future for the product.”

For further information about dras-tic and the computational archival science community contact Richard Marciano at marciano@umd.edu.