In 1969, the MSU Board of Trustees established the mandate of UAHC to collect and preserve the historical records of the university. This mandate extends to critical institutional records now created solely in digital form.
With support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) is developing an electronic records archive for the university’s born-digital records and publications.
The Spartan Archive Project will use a proof-of-concept approach to test the sustainability of an archival solution for the long-term access and preservation of four large electronic record series produced by Michigan State University’s Office of the Registrar:
- Catalog of Academic Programs
- Description of Courses offered each semester
- Annual Student Directory
- Schedule of Courses
On project completion, the new preservation environment will be extended to include other electronic records of enduring value to MSU.
The Spartan Archive Project will be based on traditional archival principles in combination with the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model for long-term digital preservation and access. For data management, the Integrated Rules-Oriented Data System (iRODS) distributed data grid system will be utilized. The grant provides for iRODS training from the Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the developer of iRODS.
UAHC will collaborate with multiple MSU units on the project, and progress will be shared with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and other universities.