Getting Started with bepress Archive

Category : Preservation

What is bepress Archive?

While bepress offers an extensive and secure infrastructure to safeguard your content, we know that many institutions are interested in the added guarantee of having a copy of their own archives. Bepress is partnering with Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to provide cost-effective and dependable storage of your files on a highly reliable cloud server. You have full access to all of your files at all times.   

  • You need to create your own account through Amazon (see below for details).
  • Pricing is located here.  
  • Only you (and those you expressly authorize, such as bepress) have access to your files on Amazon S3.
  • The service supports user authentication, including multi-factor authentication, to control access to data.
  • You can use access control mechanisms to selectively grant permissions to users and groups of users.
  • After a file is sent to S3, Amazon performs a data integrity check to ensure that the file residing on S3 matches the file on the bepress platform exactly.
  • Amazon S3 redundantly stores your files on multiple servers across multiple facilities. The service is designed to sustain multiple server failures by quickly detecting and repairing any lost redundancy.
  • Amazon S3 performs checksums on data uploaded to the service and repairs any corruption using redundant data.
  • Amazon S3 is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability of files.

Accessing Content

  • The file structure / hierarchy on bepress’ server is mirrored to Amazon S3 so that you can easily navigate to a specific file.
  • File metadata (in XML format) is also copied to your S3 bucket.
  • You will always have access to an up-to-date archive of all of your files. This includes both Digital Commons files as well as SelectedWorks files.

The bepress Archive Process

  • You will create your own Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. It’s easy to sign up, and there is no fee to create an account:
  • Next, you will create a place in the S3 service to hold all of your files. S3 refers to the place where you store your files as a “bucket.”
  • You will provide bepress with (1) access to your bucket using a code snippet we give you, (2) the name of your bucket, and (3) the name of the region your bucket is in. Note: We recommend avoiding the US East (Ohio)/us-east-2 region for optimum performance with bepress Archive; a close alternative is US East (N. Virginia)/us-east-1.
  • Bepress will copy all of your current files to your S3 bucket.
  • Subsequently, new posts to your IR (or revisions) will trigger an action to push your content to your S3 bucket.


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