Disaster Planning

Effective disaster planning is essential for ensuring the safety of a digital repository’s staff and the sustainability of digital content and services. Disaster preparedness is also a primary responsibility of trusted digital repositories.

ICPSR’s disaster-planning policies and procedures reflect our efforts to adhere to community standards and practices in this area. On this page, we provide a series of documents demonstrating ICPSR’s approach to disaster preparedness. We hope this material can serve as examples to the research community of what effective disaster planning involves.

  • ICPSR’s disaster-recovery planning process is described in a four-part series on the Technology at ICPSR blog: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
  • ICPSR Disaster Planning Policy Framework, 2009: This is the high-level policy document that defines the purpose, scope, and components of the disaster-planning program at ICPSR. This document also spells out the roles and responsibilities of various staff. The framework used a model document (PDF 91K) based on a scan of community examples.
  • ICPSR Crisis Communications Plan: The plan addresses requirements for internal and external communications during and after an emergency using a model document (PDF 160K) of community examples.
  • ICPSR Disaster Planning Training Plan: This document provides guidance on appropriate training for current and future staff at ICPSR using a model document (PDF 114K) of community examples.
  • ICPSR Web Services Continuity Plan: This is a three-phase plan to deploy a replica of our Web server to ensure client access during a failure of ICPSR’s primary Web services; redeploy ICPSR’s primary Web services to another location; and explore alternative methods for delivering ICPSR Web services.
  • Disaster Planning Resources: A list of references on disaster planning

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