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Soteria Clients

Please see below a selection of our clients:

Imperial College London, Chartered Insurance Institute, University of West London, Royal Asiatic Society, Cameron MacIntosh, Fortnum & Mason, Royal Warrant Holders Association, Lloyd's Register Foundation, Royal Society of Arts


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SOTERIA / DRYAD Installations

SOTERIA / DRYAD: Bespoke, Branded AtoM Installation with Calm Migration and Digital Preservation

Max have carried out a bespoke, branded AtoM installation for Royal Society of Arts. The installation showcases Max's ability to produce AtoM installations in line with the cutomer's own corporate branding and additionally, to tailor AtoM to meet the cutomer's specific needs. For further details please click on the thumbnail.

Calm to AtoM Migration

Many of our projects involve migration of data from Axiell's 'Calm' Archive Management system into AtoM. Please click on the thumbnail for a closer examination of the processes involved.

SOTERIA / DRYAD: Bespoke, Branded AtoM Installation with Calm Migration and Digital Preservation


The SOTERIA / DRYAD installation Max carried out for the Royal Society of Arts is an example of how AtoM can be styled to meet a customer's organisational branded requirements. It also demonstrates how Max's SOTERIA digitital preservation service dovetails with DRYAD to provide a joined-up digital preservation / ongoing archive management solution.

The Royal Society of Arts needed to migrate their existing archive collection which was, at that point stored in a Calm database, to AtoM, the open source, Archive Management System provided by Artefactual Systems which forms the backbone of Max Communications DRYAD service. In addition, they wished to future proof their collection by digitally preserving it and Max's SOTERIA and DRYAD packages were selected as the best way to achieve the desired outcome.

When the project began, RSA were undergoing an extensive rebranding exercise and the installation carried out by Max needed to adhere to the strict branding guidelines supplied by the organidation's marketing department.

Max's SOTERIA service uses 'Archivematica' an open source software package by Artefactual Systems which provides a comprehensive digital preservation and storage service. In addition to the ingestion, validation, organising and cataloguing of content, the SOTERIA package includes the storage of archived content on LTO tape and on the cloud as well as numerous other features all of which would help address the future proofing issues highlighted by the RSA.


The second service, 'DRYAD', leverages Artefactual's 'AtoM' package and provides a highly customised, branded, web based interface for access and retrieval of stored data. DRYAD additionally makes use of Max's own 'Crosswalker' tool to facilitate and expedite data migration. Crosswalker is able to take data from a variety of sources and create a single, consolidated, ISADG compliant .csv file which can then be seamlessly ingested by AtoM thus populating the archive with minimal fuss.

Although both Archivematica and AtoM require a degree of extra customisation and development for them to really shine, both are open source software packages and one of the notable effects of this is that client costs are kept low.

After an initial consuiltation with RSA to understand their requirements along with a thorough analysis of their existing systems and data structure had been undertaken, Max's technical team got to work exporting and cleansing Calm data whilst in XML format, converting it to ISADG compliant csv format and ingesting the data into Archivematica for digital preservation and storage. Max's experience and technical know-how meant that this process was carried out efficiently and competently and within the agreed time frame.


Archivematica and AtoM are designed to work together. As part of the digital preservation process, Archivematica produces Archival Information Packages (AIPs) for digital storage and Dissemination Information Packages (DIPs) for dissemination into other packages. The final stage of this process involved populating AtoM by importing the DIPs produced by Archivematica and matching these up to the digital objects which had been imported separately.

Whilst this process was underway, RSA were undergoing a rebranding exercise. Max were able to style the AtoM User Interface to meet RSA's branding guidelines ensuring that a full bespoke solution was implemented which met all of RSA's targets.

Please click on the screenshots to see larger images. Alternatively, to get more 'hands on' with the system, please visit the site at: rsa-dryad.maxarchiveservices.co.uk.

To discuss SOTERIA, DRYAD or any of Max's services please feel free to telephone us on 020 8309 5445 or to contact us via our contact page.

Calm to AtoM Migration Process


As many of our projects involve migrating data from existing Calm databases to AtoM a closer examination of the processes involved can be useful from a user's perspective.

1. The initial stage is to export existing data stored in Calm's database as XML. This allows us to sidestep any issues associated with exporting directly in CSV format.
2. Only then is the data converted into CSV format and imported into Excel.
3. At this point we are able clean up the data. Many archives have evolved over time under the direction of a succession of archivists. On occasions the archiving methodology has not been consistent from one to another. Calm does not enforce archival standards and so this process may involve fixing any breaks in the heirarchy, deleting duplicates, combining columns under ISADG compliant headings.
4. Next, Max's in house Crosswalker tool is utilised to automate and speed up ingestion into AtoM
5. In the event that digital preservation is being carried out concurrently, images are imported into AtoM from Archivematica.

Please click on the screenshots to see larger images.

To discuss SOTERIA, DRYAD or any of Max's services please feel free to telephone us on 020 8309 5445 or to contact us via our contact page.