Common Depository System
The Common Depository System (CDS) provides a focal point for digital preservation
initiatives at Cornell University Library (CUL) . Planning the CDS was the
focus of one of nine CUL priorities in 2005, to address an objective of
the CUL Goals and Priorities. The design work will continue in 2006
with a focus on the digital content in Arxiv.org and Project Euclid. The
project website contains current documentation for CDS [include a link in
this sentence to the commondepository website].
The CDS initiative began in March 2001 with an IMLS grant entitled: Preserving Cornell's Digital Image Collections: Implementing an Archival Strategy. The final report and other documents from the project are available on the project website. The initial, to develop a central depository for digital images, has evolved into the development of a common depository system to address the preservation requirements of CUL's digital content in all formats. The name change reflects the need to establish a set of common preservation principles, policies, and practices for digital collections in an increasingly distributed environment. Each digital archive instance for which Cornell University Library accepts long-term responsibility will conform to CDS principles and requirements. There are several documents that have been produced about the CDS project.
CDS is a joint initiative between two divisions within Cornell University Library: Instruction, Research, and Information Services (IRIS) and Digital Library and Information Technologies (D-LIT). The Digital Preservation Officer is coordinating the development of the policy framework, contributing the organizational perspective to the CDS design, and monitoring the preservation requirements for the CDS. D-LIT is responsible for defining the functional requirements for the CDS, coordinating the technical design, providing the programming support, and will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the CDS.