n. (also light archive)a repository that stores archival resources and makes them accessibleDow 2009, 91If a repository only stores content but does not allow user access to it, we call it a dark archives; if such a repository provides access to its holdings, we refer to it as a light archives.Martin 2011So, what is a dark archive? It is, simply put, an archive of information that is not used for public access. Most often it serves as a failsafe copy of a light archive, i.e. a publicly available version of the information, for use in disaster recovery operations. . . . Metaphorically, at its base definition, a dark archive will require more than a flip of the switch to make a light archive.CDL 2020bLight Archive ¶ An archive that is accessible to the public. See also dim archive and dark archive.