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4Science Offering DuraCloud Services in Europe as Certified DuraSpace Partner

DuraSpace is pleased to announce 4Science will begin offering DuraCloud services as a Certified DuraSpace Partner. This partnership will facilitate delivery of DuraCloud preservation and content storage services in Europe, complying with the European Commission General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and offering application support in additional time zones and languages.

4Science is an active participant of the DSpace open source repository community. The company is a member of the DuraSpace Registered Service Provider (RSP) program, contributes the technical expertise of two committers, participates in the development of the new DSpace 7 Angular UI, leads the REST API Subteam, and served on the Steering Committee for DSpace.

“We’ve had wonderful experiences working with 4Science. They’re excellent open source citizens,” says DuraSpace CEO, Debra Hanken Kurtz. “This partnership with 4Science is the beginning of fulfilling our wish to make open source preservation services available outside of the U.S. with trusted collaborators.”

Susanna Mornati, 4Science's Chief Operations Officer (COO), says “We are very pleased to help DuraSpace offer this service outside the U.S.A., we are convinced long term digital preservation is a fundamental need both for the research and cultural heritage ecosystems.”

Andrea Bollini, 4Science's Chief Technical and Innovation Officer (CTIO), says “It is very exciting to work closely with DuraCloud’s great team to face the challenges of long term digital preservation.”

DuraSpace began offering DuraCloud as a service in 2011.  The software was developed by DuraSpace to provide its community with access to a critical preservation services, such as content creation, updates, health checks, deletion, without the need for specialized staff. It also insulates users from variable costs from commercial providers.

More information on the Certified DuraSpace Partner Program will be released in December 2017.

For more information on 4Science and this new DuraCloud service in Europe, please email Susanna Mornati susanna.mornati@4science.it. For more information on the DuraSpace Certified DuraCloud Partner Program, please email Erin Tripp, etripp@duraspace.org.

Background

Established in 2009, DuraSpace is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. More than eighteen hundred institutions use and help develop open source software in partnership with DuraSpace.

Established in 2015, 4Science is a DSpace service provider based in Italy.  However, its staff have been active in the DSpace open source repository community since 2003 under the umbrella of an Italian university consortium. 4Science is part of the Itway Group, a multinational company, active in the IT sector for 20 years.