Loughborough University shortlisted for UK IT Industry Awards 2015 with Arkivum and Figshare combined solution

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Arkivum, the provider of ultra-safe and secure, long-term, large-scale digital data storage and archive services, has announced that one of its customers, Loughborough University, has been shortlisted for the UK IT Industry Awards 2015, Best use of Cloud Services category. Loughborough University entered the awards based on the innovative project it has undertaken with both Arkivum and Figshare.

The project was centred around the need to provide Loughborough researchers with a mechanism for archiving research data that met the requirements mandated by funding bodies for long-term open access and discovery. The solution is a tight integration between the managed cloud-based Arkivum/100 data archiving service from Arkivum and the cloud-based data discovery and sharing service from Figshare for institutions. Arkivum and Figshare devised the collaborative solution to provide Loughborough with a long-term research data archiving and discovery system as part of a campus-wide initiative.

The UK IT Industry Awards 2015 benchmark outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry and focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months.

Being shortlisted for one of these prestigious awards from Computing and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is a major boost for Loughborough University, Arkivum and Figshare.

The full shortlist announcement can be seen on the UK IT Industry Awards website but other companies that have been shortlisted in the Best use of Cloud Services category include:

  • National Rail Enquiries and Content Guru
  • British Gas, Environments as a Service on the Cloud
  • Confused.com, Azure Migration
  • National Institute of Health Research
  • University of Dundee and Box

"We're delighted that Loughborough University has been shortlisted for this award", said Steve Mackey, VP of Sales for Education at Arkivum. "This is a highly innovative project and by working in collaboration with Figshare we have helped Loughborough University not only meet quite stringent new funding body mandates around the long-term open access requirements for research data, but Loughborough has helped make academic research more efficient by providing a user-friendly system for researchers. It is clear that taking the initiative and being innovative in designing and building solutions has far-reaching consequences for institutional visibility and kudos – and the university is now seen as a visionary innovator – an excellent place to be."

In terms of next steps, Loughborough University together with Arkivum and Figshare will submit finalist information on 8th September and have been invited to present at a Finalist Judging Day in Reading on 25th September. Winners are then announced at a Prestigious Awards Dinner and Ceremony on 18th November 2015.

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