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Xena is a program that can take many file formats and convert them to a (supposedly open-format, long-term stable) XML format. It has been used with DSpace.

In the IU computer science department, Thomas Reichherzer and Geoffrey Brown are working on tools to aid "preservation via emulation".

Open questions

  1. Can we eventually store lots of small files (page images) directly in HPSS via the filesystem interface without aggregation, or will it simply take too long to retrieve these files?
  2. Should we store copies of our metadata in HPSS, or are the regular server backups good enough for this?