The National Archives and Tessella win Queen's Award for Enterprise
The National Archives has won a prestigious Innovation Award, jointly with private company Tessella, for developing a system for preserving digital information which has since been adopted by libraries and archives around the world.
This unique partnership has been recognised for outstanding achievement in innovation by the UK's business awards, the Queen's Awards for Enterprise. The first government department to win since the awards were expanded in 2000, The National Archives has worked with Tessella to develop a fully functioned digital archival solution, the Safety Deposit Box.
Preserving digital records is one of the biggest challenges facing archives in the 21st century and the Safety Deposit Box helps to ensure the survival of digital information over long periods of time, regardless of changes in technology. It has become the de-facto standard for institutions grappling with the complexities of ensuring the long-term survival of digital information.
Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives, said: 'The National Archives and Tessella have worked together to develop a best-in-class archiving solution which has since been adopted by archives and libraries all over the world. This innovative approach is one key step to ensure digital records remain accessible for good.'
The Queen's Awards are made annually on the Queen's Birthday and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. Her Majesty The Queen will host a reception for the winners at Buckingham Palace in July 2011.