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Bye, bye simpleArchive – Life is simple, but not easy… or is it?

September 27th, 2021 | by

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On October 5, the time has come: We say goodbye to simpleArchive. What this service has made possible for us and how you can archive research data in the future, you can read in this blog post.

What is simpleArchive?

With simpleArchive you could easily archive files up to 2 GB each. All employees of the RWTH Aachen University were thus able to archive dissertations and the like via a web interface. Restoring was also very easy with simpleArchive. The same was true for sharing these files via a download link, which could be forwarded easily.

However, on October 5, these features will be shut down in order to migrate the simpleArchive nodes to the research data repository.

For files larger than 2 GB or personal data sets, the archive service is available. Changes are coming soon to this service as well. We have already reported on the archive migration and will of course continue to keep you updated.

Migration from simpleArchive to Coscine

Since data that can be kept in simpleArchive is by definition from the area of research data, our colleagues at Coscine have now made it possible to archive data via the Coscine integration platform as well.

In the course of the archive migration and due to the changes in the funding landscape, the data archived via simpleArchive are also moving to Coscine. There they can be kept as research data in the future. This way you have all your research data in one place – no matter if archived or still needed for your project.

Archiving with Coscine?

Data to be archived can be stored as a resource in Coscine. This is also very simple. Once you have created a project, you can create the corresponding resource. In the edit mode of the resource it is then possible to set the archive flag.

To do this, click on the Actions tab and confirm the archiving of the data. It is now also possible to delete the previously archived data independently.


Responsible for the contents of this article are Nicole Filla and Lukas C. Bossert.

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