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The European Commission's Year 3 Review of the E-ARK Project has rated it as "Excellent" and have described it in their initial feedback as a "A European Showcase Project".

At the end of the Final (Year 3) Review of the E-ARK Project, the Expert Review Panel were highly complimentary of our work.

The project made excellent progress in its last year. The level of commitment among the partners is very high, the collaboration is excellent and the administrative and scientific management and coordination were very very efficient.

The WP s are very well aligned. Such collaboration and alignment are very good indicators of future sustainability. It was not just development but also very rigorous development and measuring of results. A very ambitious goal was achieved and even exceeded. A very different set of pilots was used and evaluated in accordance to their measurement method. As a result of this the project is able to give a strong evidence of impact and quantifiable benefits – cost savings.

The results are already used, practical and in application and the value for money is very evident. The international dimension of the results is clear in the pilot conducted in the US which shows that the project reached outside Europe already. Different alternatives were evaluated to find the really best solution – it's a sign of evidence-based decision making process.

The Advisory Board has been a very good idea.

The Benefits Management has been a very useful approach and it's good to see that this approach will continue to track the long-term benefits. It's a good advocacy tool for the future.

The sustainability model is very good and it gives confidence that the project will continue to be developed and sustained.

E-ARK is a European showcase project – each partner contributed their strengths and assets and they were merged to really produce the impressive results of the project.

The final score is: excellent.

The Project will shortly publish its final summary report.

We are also seeking ways to continue to develop and promote our work. Keep checking out website for further updates.

The E-ARK summary report of project activities in the final year of the project can be downloaded  by clicking here

This report summarises the much longer annual reports which are submitted to the European Commission.


The DLM Forum have formally launched the Digital Archiving Standards Board (DAS Board).

The main role of the DAS Board is to guarantee the sustainability and further development of the digital archiving standards first developed within the E-ARK Project (02.2014 – 01.2017). The Board comprises eight high-level digital archiving experts across Europe, including representatives from European national archives, international organisations, academia and archival software development. The Board will ensure that:

· digital archiving standards are supported by a wide range of training and dissemination resources,

· institutions are supported in adopting and implementing digital archiving standards,

· the larger archiving community can participate in discussions around the topic of global standardisation in digital preservation.

The Board can be contacted at:
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E-ARK Project Report on Pilots

The E-ARK Project final report on the pilots describes the achievements and results of the pilot activities over the entire three-year period with emphasis on the final year of the project. The report lists the resources used and provides an evaluation of progress and final result against the project objectives and milestones and documents the remaining problems. It summarises the recommendations and lessons learned from each pilot and provides input for the overall final report of the project. The report is available for download from:

The E-ARK Project has now reached the end of its Research Phase

On 31 January 2017, after 3 years, the E-ARK Project completed its Research Phase. We are in the process of delivering our final outputs to the European Commission, in preparation for our Year 3 Review, which will be held in Tartu, in Estonia, in March.

Please therefore keep checking: all deliverables are published.

The work begun in the project is not over. The E-ARK Project Members, working through the DLM Forum, the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Open Preservation Foundation, will continue to develop the specifications, tools and services created during the project. Our tools and services have all been released under Apache 2.0 open licenses.




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