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What it is

STORS is an open internet archive for electronic material created and published in Tasmania, available to the community at large. It allows publishers to place and retain documents in a reliable and managed central location.  Once placed in STORS those documents can be accessed and used immediately.  STORS ensures wide and enduring community access through file conversion to current and future common formats.

How it works

Electronic documents are sent to STORS by publishers as attachments using a web-based contribution form.  Documents are given a unique identifier and a web address. This provides immediate access by the publisher and the public.

How it can be used

STORS is a place to store published documents that can be linked to and used immediately upon contribution; knowing that the STORS web address will remain valid over time.  This saves the publisher time and effort in storing and managing the web address for important content, as well as providing long term storage for current and future generations.

Placing an item in STORS fulfils the legal deposit obligations under the Libraries Act 1984. STORS is also an approved repository for publications that are identified for permanent retention in the Archives Office of Tasmania Disposal Schedule for Common Administrative Functions (DA No 2157 section 14.12.00 ).

Who can contribute

All Tasmanian publishers of electronic documents are able to contribute to STORS, including government, commercial and community publishers. Government and other frequent publishers are invited to register and receive a login and password. This means their contributions can go directly into STORS. Guest contributions will be reviewed before becoming available in STORS.

All contributors must represent the publisher/copyright owner of the item.

How to contribute

Simply go to the website and log in, then choose the "Contribute" option. You will then be asked for some document details and asked to attach your document. Then just press the "Submit" option - your document will be sent to STORS and you will receive a STORS URL.

What can go in

STORS will accept single and multi-part files that constitute a single electronic document, rather than entire web sites or databases. STORS will accept a variety of file types, including HTML, Word and PDF. STORS may accept other file types - for further information and advice please contact

STORS is not for internal documents where access is restricted to personnel or staff within an organisation.

STORS will reject material that contains harmful programs such as viruses. Contributors must ensure that material contributed to STORS does not contain illegal or prohibited content.

Contributors to STORS must act on behalf of the rightful copyright owner. STORS does not assume copyright of electronic publications in STORS. Copyright remains with the original copyright owner.

STORS and changing needs

STORS has been provided to meet the emerging challenges of the electronic and networked environment.  As a new service in a changing environment, STORS may need to adapt and improve to suit the real business needs of contributors and users.  Initial contributors will be encouraged to comment and help identify areas where such improvements would be beneficial to all parties.