As anyone likely knows, the first step to making sure you don’t lose documents or data you want to keep is to back them up. But as you also likely know, hardly any of us do that — at least on any regular basis. This is potentially where ArchiveBox comes in.
This isn’t to say that simple backup is all ArchiveBox strives to do, since services such as Dropbox do that already. As an added service, it analyzes your files “by utilizing file utility tools such as FITS, JHOVE, JHOVE2, DRIOID, and other tools” and then records that information.
As it stands now, ArchiveBox is fairly simple in the services it provides and yet it can be complicated to setup unless you’re already an Amazon Web Services user. But since this is a project of the University of Arizona Library, I’m thinking it is just the first release of a tool that will likely have much more to offer in terms of preservation services. An interesting first release, in other words, and worth keeping an eye on, but I’m not yet sold on the service-to-pain ratio.