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Digital Preservation and Archive Services

Welcome to Max Archive Services, a division of Max Communications Ltd – one of the country’s leading digitisation companies.

In recent years, and in direct response to requests from our customers to do so, we have diversified into offering end-to-end digitisation solutions that ensure archive holders maximise and protect the full value of their digital assets. The services showcased in these pages are central to delivering on this commitment.





1. Digital Preservation
DIGITAL PRESERVATION
DIGITAL PRESERVATION

Welcome to Max Archive Services, a division of Max Communications Ltd – one of the country’s leading digital preservation, digitisation and archive services companies.

Welcome to Max Archive Services, a division of Max Communications Ltd – one of the country’s leading digital preservation, digitisation and archive services companies.

DIGITAL PRESERVATION
DIGITAL PRESERVATION

Welcome to Max Archive Services, a division of Max Communications Ltd – one of the country’s leading digital preservation, digitisation and archive services companies.

Welcome to Max Archive Services, a division of Max Communications Ltd – one of the country’s leading digital preservation, digitisation and archive services companies.

2.SOTERIA
SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

3.DRYAD
DRYAD ARCHIVE MANAGEMENT
SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
Archive management for the future

Max’s Archive Management Service, DRYAD, is built on AtoM, a modern day web-based archive management system used around the world by hundreds of archives. AtoM is an open source product, freely available under a General Public Licence.

Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
DRYAD ARCHIVE MANAGEMENT
Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

Archive management for the future

Max’s Archive Management Service, DRYAD, is built on AtoM, a modern day web-based archive management system used around the world by hundreds of archives. AtoM is an open source product, freely available under a General Public Licence.

4.THEMIS
PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
THEMIS: structuring unstructured data

THEMIS is both a production and a project management software platform. Fully hosted and managed by Max, THEMIS ensures that all stages of a digitisation project are managed from within a single platform.

Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

THEMIS: structuring unstructured data

THEMIS is both a production and a project management software platform. Fully hosted and managed by Max, THEMIS ensures that all stages of a digitisation project are managed from within a single platform.

5. FAMILY ARCHIVES
FAMILY ARCHIVE SERVICE
SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
Your Family's Past for the Future
Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

SOTERIA: DIGITAL PRESERVATION SOFTWARE & SERVICES
FAMILY ARCHIVE SERVICE
Preserving the past for the future

SOTERIA offers comprehensive digital preservation software and storage services for archival collections. To find out more please click on the link below.

Your Family's Past for the Future

New DRYAD / AtoM Installations

We're extremely pleased to announce the completion of two new, bespoke DRYAD / AtoM installations. The first installation, carried out for Explore York Archives and Libraries (EYLA), utilised Max's 'Crosswalker' tool to migrate nearly 160,000 entries from EYLA's existing CALM installation to AtoM and confirmed Crosswalker's efficacy as a tried and tested CALM to AtoM migration tool. The second, carried out for Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) comprised an upgrade from AtoM 2.3.1 to 2.6.2 and data migration from the old installation to the new. Both installations utilised DRYAD's secure hosting service and benefited from Max's ability to produce intuitive AtoM user interfaces which harmonise with existing organisational branding.

Seen in tandem, these two installations demonstrate the flexibility of the DRYAD / AtoM service and the ease with which it can be adapted to incorporate disparate use cases.

New Video Demonstrations of Calm to AtoM Migration and Creation of AIPs and DIPs in AtoM Now Available

Max are delighted to offer two new video tutorials exploring using Max's Crosswalker tool to migrate from Calm to AtoM and the process of creating Archival Information Packages (AIPs) and Dissemination Information Packages (DIPs) in Archivematica and AtoM.

The first is a demonstration of the process of migrating a Calm database to AtoM using Max's Crosswalker tool. Senior Developer Tim Schofield explores the process in depth whilst highlighting its seamless and intuitibe nature.

In the second video Tim looks at the creation of AIPs and DIPs in AtoM as well as what they're for and their essential differences.

If you'd like to find out more about these services please visit our Archive Management Software and Services Page or our Digital Preservation Software and Services Page.

Max Communications Podcasts Series

Max's collection of podcasts continues to grow. Our core Max 2020 and Max 2021 podcasts series have been joined by a series of Digital Preservation podcasts.

Our first two contributors are Abby Barletta, Assistant Archivist with the Royal Society of Arts and Rachel Howse Binnington, Deputy Archivist with Fortnum & Mason. To listen to the podcasts please visit the Digital Preservation Podcasts page on the main Max site.

CALM to AtoM Migration In Practice

Max are delighted to share details of two SOTERIA / DRYAD installations. The first, a bespoke AtoM and Archivematica installation for the Royal Society of Arts, showcases AtoM and Archivematica as a flexible, branded archive management and digital preservation system. The second, an AtoM / Wordpress hybrid site created for London South Bank University, showcases the potential of AtoM to open up designated areas of your archive to the general public and by dovetailing with other tried and tested web technologies. The end result is a multi faceted user experience, specifically tailored for a broader user cohort.

Safeguard and digitally protect your digital assets with Max’s digital preservation software and service, SOTERIA. A fully hosted and managed service, our tiered pricing model is designed to suit any archive, large or small.

Built on AtoM, DRYAD offers a flexible and cost-effective alternative to other more rigid and outdated archive management software. As a service rather than a product, DRYAD offers hosting, training, support, upgrades and a very active and engaged community of users.

THEMIS is a web-based project management platform, ideal for database creation, metadata extraction, OCR, cataloguing, indexing, QA and project progress and accuracy reporting.

Every family has an archive, but very few have access to each family member’s bookcases, shoeboxes or attics. The Max Family Archive service provides secure, online access to digital copies of photographs, letters, diaries, postcards e.t.c. within a structured, searchable database.