Depositing to the DRS

This section is concerned with the process of depositing digital objects to the DRS.

Who can deposit into DRS?

Any Harvard affiliate can contribute digital objects to the DRS (see the DRS Policy Guide for details). The actual deposit of objects can be performed by the Harvard affiliate, but more often is performed by a qualified deposit agent.

How are digital objects deposited?

A "deposit" to DRS includes one or more digital objects accompanied by administrative and technical metadata about the objects. This package of objects and metadata is called a batch. Authorized users can upload these batches to the DRS by secure FTP.

LTS has developed several tools to facilitate DRS deposit:

  • The DRS batch loader -- the primary method for depositing to the DRS.
  • Batch Builder 1 (for deposit into current DRS) -- a desktop application that reads a source directory of still image or page image files and produces deposit packages and batch.xml file for DRS batch deposit.
  • Batch Builder 2 (for deposit into new DRS) -- a desktop application that reads a source directory of still image or page image files and produces deposit packages that include METS descriptors for each object and batch.xml file for DRS batch deposit.
  • Dmart -- a unix command line tool that reads a source directory of audio files and produces an audio METS deposit package, mets.xml, and a batch.xml file for DRS batch deposit.

To register as a DRS depositor, see Becoming a Depositor.

What can be deposited to the DRS?

Library-like objects (materials with persistent value, intended to support research).