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Arca Partner Benefits & Responsibilities

The following outlines the benefits and responsibilities of participation in the Arca collaborative digital repository for BC ELN Partner Libraries. For COPPUL members, please see Arca Benefits & Responsibilities for COPPUL Partners.

Benefits for BC ELN Partner Libraries

Offering educators, researchers, and learners access to a digital repository service has become imperative for many BC post-secondary institutions. Supporting a stand-alone digital repository is beyond the reach of many institutions. However, participation in the Arca collaborative digital repository makes it possible through collaboration, cost-sharing, and coordination of infrastructure and resources.

By participating in Arca, sites are able to:

  • Build for the future
  • Coordinate digital resource management efficiently
  • Comply with federal grant funding policies
  • Avoid costs through centralized coordination & licensing
  • Reinforce institution brand position & prestige
  • Participate in governance, strategic planning, and service development
  • Access the Arca Administrative Centre, including technical expertise, training, communication infrastructure, etc.


The Arca service can only be as robust as its participants. BC ELN Arca sites are responsible for the following:

Arca Administrative Centre responsibilities include:

  • Front-line troubleshooting and technical support; liaison with service provider/development community on bugs
  • Management of the Arca enhancement process and liaison between participating institutions and service provider/development community on enhancement requests
  • Implementation support
  • Ongoing service support, including communications, repository staff and administrator training, coordination of service support fees, governance, and service provider negotiations