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Chippenham, Wiltshire, 4th August 2015 – Arkivum, the provider of ultra-safe and secure, long-term, large-scale digital data storage and archive services is delighted to announce today that Loughborough University has deployed Arkivum/100 as part of a collaborative solution to long-term research data archiving and discovery in a campus-wide initiative.

Loughborough University has taken an innovative approach to making academic research more efficient by using the Figshare data discovery solution as a front-end to the Arkivum long-term and large-scale data archiving service. The solution embraces the open access to research movement and provides a user-friendly system for its researchers.

With funder mandated expectations on open access to data imposed by researching-funding bodies such as Research Council UK (RCUK) now in force, UK institutions like Loughborough University are having to take measures to ensure their research data is stored securely and persistently, with appropriate metadata, and made freely accessible on the Internet.

To meet the new requirements, Loughborough’s data storage solution had to address two main criteria; not only did it have to be securely preserved for the long-term, it also had to be publicly available and discoverable to other researchers.

It was agreed that Loughborough’s current solution was no longer fit for purpose and Loughborough embarked on an ambitious project to develop the new solution that would be capable of archiving a range of different data formats, while making specific items easily discoverable and the whole collection accessible to fellow researchers.

After an extensive review of the market, Loughborough challenged two of the shortlisted organisations, Arkivum and Figshare, to collaborate and develop a brand new system.

Arkivum and Figshare combined forces to create a solution that would meet Loughborough’s needs perfectly. The platform developed provides a streamlined and intuitive workflow that allows researchers to add new research data content via a Figshare web browser interface and be prompted to supply appropriate metadata to facilitate future data discovery and reuse.

The Loughborough solution is based around an initial 50TB of Arkivum/100™ storage and a 48TB on-site Arkivum appliance that provides local cache storage for fast access to frequently accessed data.

This new innovative integrated platform meets the key requirements set out by Loughborough University by:

• Delivering a flexible and scalable solution that enables the provisioning of new storage in a cost-efficient way
• Enabling researchers to easily add new data and metadata while facilitating the future discovery and reuse of data
• Complying with RCUK and EPSRC funding guidelines and UK legal requirements.

Gary Brewerton, Project Manager at Loughborough University comments: We took the unusual step of challenging the two suppliers, Arkivum and Figshare, to work together to provide a complete solution for the University. A challenge that both suppliers readily embraced. The result is a scalable and tightly integrated solution.

Working with Arkivum has been a great experience. The relationship has been very much that of partners working to a single goal rather than that of customer and supplier.”

“We’re delighted that Loughborough University chose the Arkivum and Figshare solution”, said Steve Mackey, VP of Sales for Education at Arkivum. “We are finding that many institutions are faced with the challenge of meeting new mandates and deploying systems that meet the compliance to open access expectations. By working in collaboration with Figshare we have helped Loughborough University not only meet these requirements but Loughborough has helped make academic research more efficient by providing a user-friendly system for researchers. It is clear that taking the initiative and being innovative in designing and building solutions has far-reaching consequences for institutional visibility and kudos – and the university is now seen as a visionary innovator – an excellent place to be.”

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Notes to Editors

About Loughborough University
Loughborough University is one of the UK’s leading research institutions with an international reputation for producing research that matters. Loughborough University is located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands. Today it is one of the country’s leading universities, with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with business and industry and unrivalled sporting achievement. That Loughborough now boasts an internationally known and respected university is largely due to the entrepreneurial vision and determination of Dr Herbert Schofield, Principal of Loughborough College for 35 years.
About Figshare
Figshare is the research data management platform used by the world’s leading researchers, institutions and publishers. Founded by Dr Mark Hahnel in 2011 who, whilst studying for his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College, London became frustrated at not being able to publish all his scientific research. The platform allows any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated in a way that the traditional scholarly publishing model does not allow. Figshare is a portfolio company of Digital Science. For more information, visit and

About Arkivum
Arkivum is an innovative, fast growing data archiving provider, specialising in delivering long-term archiving solutions with unique bit level preservation and an unrivalled 100% data integrity guarantee. Formed as a spin-out from the University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre, Arkivum’s technology experience and expertise is fundamental in enabling it to ensure core solutions meet the needs of its customers.

Since its formation in 2011, Arkivum has grown steadily, boasting 300% growth in 2014 and the same expected for 2015. Arkivum provides archiving solutions to 1 in 3 of the top 60 universities in the UK, but its business growth is not only within the higher education sector. The need to retain and provide access to large volumes of data for many years to come is also paramount in other sectors too, such as healthcare, heritage and life sciences. For more information, visit

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