There are two ways to archive using the DDP; archiving at an institution, or self-archiving.
- Working with an information scientist at an institution houses the Archiving Dossier at the institution’s digital repository and catalogues it in its library catalogue. Digital Project X, for example, created at the University of Y, would be stored in the University of Y’s digital repository and entered into the University of Y Library System. Digital Project X would then appear in the records of union catalogues such as WorldCat and become discoverable through those systems. If researchers would like to catalogue their project with their institution, they should consult with their library at the earliest possible moment to profit from cataloguer’s knowledge of institutional practice.
- Some digital projects do not have access to institutional repositories or library catalogues. In this case, free, publicly-accessible (open) repositories can house a project’s Archiving Dossier and create the appropriate digital identifiers (DOI) to ensure stability and permanence. Once a project’s DOI is created, it becomes discoverable via online search engines such as GoogleScholar, but not through institutional library or union catalogues.
The DDP thus proposes two work-flow options for those who are
The appropriate Archiving Wizard can be used for either archiving option. Choose the option above that best corresponds to your archiving needs to move to the next step.