A Trusted Community-Managed Archive
CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a joint venture between the world’s leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community.
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From Prototype to Production
The founding members of the CLOCKSS Pilot Program are pleased to announce that CLOCKSS has incorporated and will go live in 2009. Two years ago, scholarly publishers and research libraries, challenged by the responsibility to preserve the digital assets of the community, joined forces to build a prototype for a global dark archive. Their unique collaboration focused on creating an archive "cooperative," with publishers and libraries running the archive together. The prototype was successfully built and tested and, during the pilot period, the need for a robust governing structure was addressed.
Reasons to Support CLOCKSS
• The archive is managed by, and for, its stakeholders, not a third-party. Publishers and librarians have equal say in deciding procedures, priorities, and when to trigger content.
• CLOCKSS' decentralized, geographically disparate preservation model ensures that the digital assets of the community will survive intact. Additionally, it satisfies the demand for locally situated archives with 15 archive nodes planned worldwide by 2010.
• Low operating costs make it possible for institutions of all sizes and budgets to participate in CLOCKSS.
• CLOCKSS participants have the opportunity to be deeply involved in all aspects of our industry and help to keep the community’s best interests at the forefront. CLOCKSS has already made an impact on industry policies and practices.
• Libraries and publishers want a choice of archiving solutions. Rather than put "all their eggs in one basket," some institutions may prefer to participate in multiple archives.