During the P-5 program (2019-2020), the DLCM services transitioned from pilot to operational status: a data management training program and ad-hoc support were delivered throughout Switzerland, and OLOS, the long-term solution for research data archiving and publication, became operational. Yareta, powered by the same DLCM technology than OLOS, was launched in June 2019 and successfully operated since then by the University of Geneva to all the Higher Education Institutions of the Geneva Canton. The next step is to offer an equivalent service at the National level, thanks to OLOS, accessible through SWITCHhub by the end of 2020.
OLOS differentiates itself from other FAIR repositories in that it minimizes the constraints for its customers. Instead of designing OLOS around its own hardware infrastructure, metadata scheme and active research data management (ARDM) features, the decision was taken to produce a modular software that can integrate to any ARDM solution, adapt to any metadata scheme or type of storage (tape, SSD, file systems, object storage). The main competitive advantage of OLOS comes from its modular and distributed architecture, and its strict compliance to the ISO 14721 (OAIS) reference model and various open and international standards.
By connecting its storage infrastructure to OLOS, a client institution can recover the cost incurred for storing one copy of its archived research datasets for the entire preservation period (usually 15-20 years). OLOS does also allow each research institution to define, implement and monitor a preservation policy, compatible with its infrastructure, characteristics and constraints.
We thus look forward to presenting OLOS’ numerous features during the SRDD2020 conference!