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Insights into data recovery projects: A case study from the Roper Center

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Cindy Teixeira
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

Recently, the Roper Center staff embarked on one of the largest data and documentation recovery projects in its history. In 2014, our host institution announced it was decommissioning the local IBM mainframe system over the next year. The mainframe had been the main access point to our IBM 3480 and 3490E Tape Cartridge collection, our main storage solution from 1977-2001. With limited descriptive and technical metadata, the Roper Center recovered over 30,000 files including data, documentation, published materials and work process files. Based on this case study, this poster will identify the unique challenges and explore important factors to consider in planning a large scale data and documentation recovery project. We will discuss the various techniques and solutions used during file recovery process, and share our recommendations for any organization engaging in such a project.

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