Open Access Terms
eVols accepts many different digital formats. Some of these are
Any University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) faculty member or researcher can add content to eVols. Content must be added to a Community that exists or into a new Community. Departments, Labs, Centers and other UHM units can also establish Communities in DSpace. See What is a DSpace Community for more information.
A eVols Community is an administrative unit at UHM that produces research, has a defined leader, has long-term stability, and can assume responsibility for setting Community policies. Each community must be able to assign a coordinator who can work with eVols staff. See full information under Community and Collections Policies.
Each Community can contain one or more collections. Communities can also contain sub-communities, which in turn house collections.
eVols identifies two levels of digital preservation: bit preservation, and functional preservation. Bit preservation ensures that a file remains exactly the same over time - not a single bit is changed - while the physical media evolve around it. Functional preservation goes further: the file does change over time so that the material continues to be immediately usable in the same way it was originally while the digital formats (and the physical media) evolve over time. Some file formats can be functionally preserved using straightforward format migration (e.g., TIFF images or XML documents). Other formats are proprietary, or for other reasons are much harder to preserve functionally.
At UHM, for the time being, we acknowledge the fact we cannot predict or control the formats in which faculty and researchers create their research materials. Faculty use the tools that are best for their purposes, and we will get whatever formats those tools produce. Because of this we've defined three levels of preservation for a given format: supported, known, or unsupported.
For all three levels we will do bit-level preservation so that "digital archaeologists" of the future will have the raw material to work with if the material proves to be worth that effort.
Contact your Community's eVols administrator or write firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about eVols policies.
Appreciation is given to the University of Oregon and Massachusetts Institute of Technology for providing some of the information on these pages.