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Chippenham, Wiltshire, 29th September 2015 – Arkivum, the provider of ultra-safe and secure, long-term, large-scale digital data storage and archive services is delighted to announce that New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has deployed Arkivum/OnSiteβ„’ as part of a planned 5.4 petabyte project to digitise, preserve and make accessible some of its most valuable audio-visual artwork.

With approximately 35,000 pieces of all MoMA artworks in some form of audio-visual (AV) format, including 500 hours of Andy Warhol’s 16 mm films, MoMA faced the challenge of digitally preserving all of this artwork and making it discoverable, accessible and available for the long-term.

Digitising AV artworks is in itself challenging as it produces relatively small numbers of very large files, and this was a key consideration for any preservation systems that MoMA selected.

Additionally, MoMA required whatever system it chose to be economically viable and remain financially sustainable as its data volumes increased. The museum also needed very high levels of data integrity, information security, quality of meta data, file format preservation and future proofing to be applied to its culturally and historically significant AV collections.

The solution also needed to provide significantly higher levels of end-to-end digital preservation best practice as defined by the US National Digital Stewardship Alliance than MoMA was previously using as well as to deliver a much easier process for accessing the AV artworks.

Taking this all into consideration, MoMA selected and designed a system around the already available integration between the Archivematica file-format preservation system and Arkivum’s data archiving service. The solution MoMA chose is the Arkivum/OnSite solution, as it delivers flexible on-site digital data storage, combined with a local instance of Arkivum/100 which, in turn, comprises an on-site Arkivum Service appliance that includes a multi-terrabyte local hard drive cache and an IBM LTO tape library for long-term data storage.

The integrated Archivematica/Arkivum solution has been combined with an in-house designed but open source Binder Indexing system which is expected to enable MoMA to handle 5.4 petabytes of digitised audio-visual art that will be generated over the next 10 years.

The newly combined system is located in the MoMA Data centre in New York and the entire system and its data is duplicated in another MoMA data centre for disaster recovery. A third copy of the tape-based data is stored offline at yet another MoMA location. This entire tape duplication process is managed by the Arkivum Service and provides the Arkivum 100% data integrity guarantee.

β€œWe’re delighted that MoMA chose our solution”, said Jim Cook, CEO at Arkivum. β€œHaving now reached the highest level of National Digital Stewardship Alliance best practice standards with our solution combined with Archivematica and the Binder system, MoMA has now significantly raised its standards for digital preservation and can be confident about its long-term data storage requirements.”

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About MoMA
Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Through the leadership of its Trustees and staff, The Museum of Modern Art manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of unparalleled significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory that are recognized as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of preeminent intellectual merit.

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

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