In order to provide a level of service that meets the repository's contracted obligations, SP selects and implements hardware technologies based on a clear and comprehensive understanding of the needs and expectations of its Designated Community. The repository's Designated Community Definition supports decision-making by providing an overview of the repository's user communities.
SP staff work closely with members of the Designated Community to identify system requirements and test implementations. Representatives from the Designated Community sit on SP's advisory committees, giving them a direct channel to the repository's directors and system administrators. In addition, SP receives ongoing feedback about system behaviour from its Designated Community. This feedback includes valuable information about accessibility, usability, understandability, and overall system performance. For example, see the Feedback Forum incorporated into the journals search interface. Generally, the close relationship between SP and its Designated Community means that SP staff are aware of new needs and expectations at an early stage. System administrators designed the system to be scalable well beyond its current size.
Systems administrators at SP and the University of Toronto Libraries' Information Technology Services department receive information about system behaviour and usage from automated monitoring tools. These tools warn administrators about events and loads that exceed predetermined levels. Please see 18.104.22.168.2 for more information.
The repository has an inventory of hardware and software to help staff carry out long-term technology planning.
Digital Preservation Policy Librarian
SP has a procedures, commitments, and financial resources for regular hardware replacement and media refreshment. See 22.214.171.124.4 for details.