Toward a reference architecture for archival systems

Raphael Barbau, Joshua Lubell, Sudarsan Rachuri, Sebti Foufou

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Long-term preservation of product data is imperative for many organizations. A product data archive should be designed to ensure information accessibility and understanding over time. Approaches such as the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model and the Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories (ACTDR) provide a framework for conceptually describing and evaluating archives. These approaches are generic and do not focus on particular contexts or content types. Enterprise architecture provides a way to describe systems in their potentially complex environments. This paper proposes a holistic approach to formally describe the architecture and the environment of archival systems. This approach relies on the formal representation of the preservation terminology, including OAIS concepts, using the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF). The approach covers the various interactions of other business functions with the archive, and the information models necessary to ensure preservation and accessibility. This approach is a step toward a reference architecture for the formal description of archival systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProduct Lifecycle Management for Society - 10th IFIPWG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2013, Proceedings
EditorsAlain Bernard, Louis Rivest, Debasish Dutta
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783642415005
StatePublished - 2013
Event10th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management for Society, PLM 2013 - Nantes, France
Duration: Jul 6 2013Jul 10 2013

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Other10th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management for Society, PLM 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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