HSBC’s Global Digital Archive system launched in January 2015. It combines a synchronised Preservica digital repository, with discrete Calm archival management catalogues covering Asia, Europe and North America. This holistic approach to collections management and digital preservation merges ingest and preservation workflows with strong search capabilities, enabling the archivists to curate physical assets, digital copies and born‐digital records on a global basis. The project was successful in demonstrating to ‘big business’ that preservation technology is a truly specialist requirement – separate to traditional document management. It also navigated numerous information security risks posed in a commercially sensitive and highly regulated environment.
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) is an international government organisation that creates knowledge. Its reports and analysis focus on important social and environmental issues, and are underpinned by data collected from participating national statistics offices and other sources. With more than 5 billion data points and constant updates, the challenge was how to preserve the dynamic data, in a format facilitating use and ensuring long-term availability. This was acheived by taking periodic snapshots of the data and creating CSV (Comma Separated Values) Archive Files, for dissemination alongside other digital content on the research platform, OECD ilibrary.