Jisc today announces with Arkivum Ltd that five of its member universities, Queens University Belfast, Gonville & Caius, UCL, and the universities of Leeds and York, have purchased the Arkivum data archiving service via the Janet Data Archive Framework Agreement which was announced 14 January 2014.
The five universities are the first to purchase the Arkivum service via the framework agreement, which enables fast and cost-effective archiving for research and education. Under the terms customers of Jisc’s network, Janet, benefit from pre-negotiated, preferential pricing and a fully managed, easy-to-use service, through a single supplier framework. It also allows all qualifying organisations to procure the archive service quickly without the administrative overhead and costs of an EU compliant competitive tender.
Rhys Davies, director of IT at the University of Leeds commented,
"The Arkivum service will allow us to provide a long term guaranteed data archiving service to researchers with virtually no up-front capital investment and no infrastructure to manage locally. The Janet framework agreement gives us confidence both in the quality of the service on offer and its value for money.
We have also benefitted from being able to use the standard contract for the service, which has been reviewed and approved as part of the comprehensive procurement process undertaken by the Janet Brokerage service on behalf of the sector."
Dan Perry, director of product and marketing for Jisc’s network Janet said:
“In a world with massively expanding data storage requirements it is great to see universities quickly realising the benefits of cost-effective, long-term data storage with Arkivum through the Janet framework. This demonstrates the power of Jisc to understand and aggregate the needs of the sector, work with partners and deliver the solution.”
Jim Cook, CEO Arkivum added:
“I’m thrilled that the framework agreement is benefitting Gonville & Caius, Leeds, York, UCL and also Queens Belfast universities. Our aim is simple; we want to offer the most competitive and cost-effective data archiving service that guarantees the integrity of your data, no matter how long you choose to archive it for.
Through the framework agreement institutions are guaranteed to receive competitive and pre-negotiated prices based on the total size of the Janet community and not just the size of their particular institution.”