International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 16, Issue 3–4, pp 267–282 | Cite as

Bridging the gap between real world repositories and scalable preservation environments

  • Bolette Ammitzbøll JurikEmail author
  • Asger Askov Blekinge
  • Rune Bruun Ferneke-Nielsen
  • Per Møldrup-Dalum


Integrating large-scale processing environments, such as Hadoop, with traditional repository systems, such as Fedora Commons 3, has long proved to be a daunting task. In this paper, we will show how this integration can be achieved using software developed in the scalable preservation environments (SCAPE) project, and also how it can be achieved using a local more direct implementation at the Danish State and University Library inspired by the SCAPE project. Both allow full use of the Hadoop system for massively distributed processing without causing excessive load on the repository. We present a proof of concept SCAPE integration and an in-production local integration based on repository systems at the Danish State and University Library and the Hadoop execution environment. Both use data from the Newspaper Digitisation Project, a collection that will grow to more than 32 million JP2 images. The use case for the SCAPE integration is to perform feature extraction and validation of the JP2 images. The validation is done against an institutional preservation policy expressed in the machine readable SCAPE Control Policy vocabulary. The feature extraction is done using the Jpylyzer tool. We perform an experiment with various-sized sets of JP2 images, to test the scalability and correctness of the solution. The first use case considered from the local Danish State and University Library integration is also feature extraction and validation of the JP2 images, this time using Jpylyzer and Schematron requirements translated from the project specification by hand. We further look at two other use cases: generation of histograms of the tonal distributions of the images; and generation of dissemination copies. We discuss the challenges and benefits of the two integration approaches when having to perform preservation actions on massive collections stored in traditional digital repositories.


Digital preservation Digital repository Preservation action Preservation policies Scalability Integration File characterisation JPEG 2000  Apache Hadoop 



We would like to thank the following for their invaluable help in discussing and proofreading this paper: Bjarne Andersen, Karen Williams, Kåre Fiedler Christiansen and especially Jette Junge. We would also like to thank Tom Gravgaard Christensen and Jens Henrik Leonard Jensen for creating the Hadoop clusters, Kim Teglgaard Christensen for log files and input on the Newspaper Digitisation Project, and last but certainly not least our thanks go to all our colleagues in the SCAPE project for the great discussions on large-scale challenges and solutions; specifically Frank Asseg from FIZ Karlsruhe, Hélder Silva from Keep Solutions and Peter May from British Library who kindly helped us with the references.


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  • Bolette Ammitzbøll Jurik
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  • Asger Askov Blekinge
    • 1
  • Rune Bruun Ferneke-Nielsen
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  • Per Møldrup-Dalum
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