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• Arkivum to provide long-term storage and bit-level preservation of Kew’s digital collections

Chippenham, Wiltshire – 8th September 2015, Arkivum, the provider of ultra-safe and secure, long-term, large-scale digital data storage and archive services, announced today that after a competitive bid process the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has selected Arkivum/100 for its long-term data storage and archive solution.

Kew has made significant IT investment in creating digital representations of physical objects contained within its collections so as to be able to archive them and make them widely accessible for the future. The largest and fastest growing volume of data has been generated by the digitisation of the Herbarium Specimen Collection. In addition to the preservation of this scientific digital collection, the system is also being used to archive digitised text that forms part of a collection of personal letters from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Kew is implementing Arkivum/100 and integrating it with the Aetopia Digital Asset Management system. The system will facilitate Kew in the sharing of digital images and digitised text from a number of its heritage and scientific collections that have immense scientific, cultural and public significance. Arkivum/100, certified to ISO 27001, the internationally recognised data security standard, delivers 100% integrity assured, long-term and secure data archiving.

The Arkivum solution provides Kew with 100 terabytes of archive storage over eight years with future storage expansion of a similar size expected in the near future. With the system now commissioned, the sheer volume of data means that it is estimated that it will now take the staff at Kew nine months to move the data into the archive system. The system provides a 100% data integrity guarantee through the storage of multiple copies of Kew's digital data in geographically disparate locations along with an offsite, offline escrow copy lodged with a third party.

“The investment that Kew has made in Arkivum/100 as part of the project to digitally represent its physical objects is significant,” commented Steve Mackey, VP Sales for Heritage & Culture at Arkivum. “It forms a key part of its ability to share digitised images and text. The long-term sharing initiative is secured and backed by the Arkivum 100% data integrity guarantee that underpins the trustworthiness and authenticity of Kew’s digital data.”


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Notes to Editors

About Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.

Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst, attract over 1.5 million visits every year.

Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. For more information, visit www.kew.org

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, life sciences, heritage and culture. For more information, visit www.arkivum.com


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