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A not-for-profit community partnership among publishers and libraries that is developing a distributed, validated, comprehensive archive that preserves and ensures continuing access to electronic scholarly content.

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===OCLC to Participate in CLOCKSS Initiative (06/23/06)=== Joins expansive list of libraries and publishers involved in the community archive

PALO ALTO, California, June 23, 2006— Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) is the newest member to join CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS—Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), a not-for-profit community approach to securing access to electronic scholarly content for the long term. More than 53,000 libraries in 96 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.

"The partnership between OCLC and CLOCKSS is a natural combination and aligns with our common goal to ensure the perpetual preservation of our scholarly materials," said Jay Jordan, President & Chief Executive Officer, OCLC. "Although there is much work ahead of us, we look forward to establishing a sustainable model of preservation that meets the needs of OCLC’s membership and the worldwide research community."

OCLC’s partnership with CLOCKSS coincides with a recent contract from the Library of Congress to the CLOCKSS partnership for collaboration with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.

"We are pleased that the OCLC has joined CLOCKSS and reinforced the library community’s support of this important initiative," commented Gordon Tibbitts, President, Blackwell Publishing. "Their participation furthers our objective to share governance in all decisions and ensure that no single entity can compromise the long-term integrity of the archive."

Developed through a community-based and open process that ensures complete transparency, the CLOCKSS partnership uses the robust technology underpinning the acclaimed LOCKSS Program. CLOCKSS provides additional functionality to that of the use of the LOCKSS system, which is widely known as a technology to help preserve a library's local collections in the long term. CLOCKSS aims to provide a long-term global archiving solution that will serve the joint library and publisher communities in the event of a long-term business interruption or in making orphaned or abandoned works readily available to the scholarly community.

Commented Vicky Reich, Director of LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries, "The CLOCKSS board welcomes OCLC as a full partner in our work to build an archive that will make available materials accessible to the broad community."

Participating Members of CLOCKSS

  • Publishers – American Medical Association, American Chemical Society, American Physiological Society, Blackwell Publishing, Elsevier, Institute of Physics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, SAGE Publications, Springer, Taylor and Francis,
  • Libraries - Indiana University, New York Public Library, OCLC, Rice University, Stanford University, University of Edinburgh, University of Virginia

About CLOCKSS

CLOCKSS, or Controlled LOCKSS is a community-based initiative to build a trusted dark archive in order to protect online scholarly content from catastrophic events and other long-term interruptions. Management of the process and the content is exercised by a joint board of publishers and librarians to ensure that all decisions are community-based. The initiative is implementing and evaluating both social and technical models to support a "large dark archive" that is both fail-safe and has an acceptable process for providing continuing access for orphaned materials over a two-year period. During this time the initiative will work to build a full-scale production system using a significant portion of the content of the publisher members. The work of the initiative is transparent and will be independently assessed, with findings reported to the wider community. For more information about CLOCKSS, visit http://www.lockss.org/clockss/

About OCLC

Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent and preservation services to 53,000 libraries in 96 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world’s richest online resource for finding library materials. For more information, visit http://www.oclc.org/.

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Members

One of the strengths of the CLOCKSS initiative is that the founding organizations have a long history of survival and members understand issues of long-term sustainability.

Libraries and Date Founded

  • Indiana University - 1820
  • New York Public Library - 1895
  • OCLC Online Computer Library Center - 1967
  • Rice University - 1912
  • Stanford University - 1891
  • University of Virginia - 1825
  • University of Edinburgh - 1582

Publishers and Date Founded

  • American Chemical Society - 1876
  • American Medical Association - 1847
  • American Physiological Society - 1887
  • Blackwell Publishing - 1897
  • Elsevier - 1880
  • Institute of Physics - 1874
  • Nature Publishing Group - 1869
  • Oxford University Press - 1478
  • SAGE Publications - 1965
  • Springer - 1842
  • Taylor and Francis - 1798
  • John Wiley & Sons - 1807

Background

CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is an innovative cooperative approach to the challenge of keeping today’s digital materials safe for the very long term. CLOCKSS, a not-for-profit community partnership among publishers and libraries is developing a distributed, validated, comprehensive archive to preserve and ensure continuing access to electronic scholarly content.

Developed through a community-based and open process, and funded initially by its members, the CLOCKSS partnership uses the robust technology underpinning the acclaimed LOCKSS Program. LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) ensures data accuracy through a sophisticated set of control digital audit and repair mechanisms. CLOCKSS differs from LOCKSS by both its structure and purpose: it is conceived as a small, responsible network providing a safety net on behalf of a much broader community.

Content archived in CLOCKSS nodes can only be made available following a “trigger event” that could result in long-term disruption of availability from the publisher. Upon such a trigger event, the publishers and librarians decide collaboratively whether stored materials should be made available to all, and whether for a limited or an indefinite period.

The CLOCKSS initiative, which began early in 2006, is implementing and evaluating both social and technical models over a two-year period. The initiative is building a full-scale production system. The work of the initiative is transparent and will be independently assessed, with findings reported to the wider community.

The Library of Congress has awarded a contract to the CLOCKSS partnership for collaboration with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.