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Whats Different about the Digital: Community Action via UK LOCKSS Alliance Adam Rusbridge UK LOCKSS Alliance Coordinator EDINA, University of Edinburgh.

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1 Whats Different about the Digital: Community Action via UK LOCKSS Alliance Adam Rusbridge UK LOCKSS Alliance Coordinator EDINA, University of Edinburgh

2 Threats to Digital Material Can we still access the subscribed journals if we stop paying subscription (post- cancellation access)? What happens if a publisher discontinues a journal? What happens if a publisher goes bust? Will we still be able to view current formats in the long term?

3 UK LOCKSS Alliance The UK LOCKSS Alliance is a co-operative organization whose goal is to ensure continuing access to scholarly work in ways that are sustainable over the long term. LOCKSS allows libraries to be involved in the development of journal preservation infrastructure and collections. –EDINA offers underlying technical support and coordination

4 Challenges and Goals Limited resources are available for digital preservation Our task in the UK LOCKSS Alliance is to: 1.Identify priority at-risk resources 2.Ensure that these are preserved in a stable environment How do we achieve this?

5 A LOCKSS Box is a Digital Bookshelf

6 LOCKSS Permission Statement Content can be archived if: 1.It has a LOCKSS permission statement 2.The library has an active subscription to the content, or 3.The content is released under Creative Commons license

7 Multiple approaches to consider Some libraries are participating in more than one approach –Pick the set of solutions that meets their needs Third party archives –CLOCKSS –Portico Legislative Mandate –British Library - UK legal deposit –KB e-Depot –Access may be limited to on site, UK published

8 Motivations to participate A library task is to manage risk in order to ensure long term preservation and access. Why participate in preservation initiatives? –Cost savings: post-cancellation access –Form of insurance for high value e-only subscriptions Participation is still relatively low - not only in UK LOCKSS Alliance, but across the board. –Need different initiatives? –Other benefits – or different articulation? –Is it the cost? –Are people waiting for others to lead; a tipping point?

9 Benefits of Community Action

10 Dynamic and Multimedia Content

11 UK LOCKSS Alliance Members University of Birmingham University of Bristol De Montfort University Durham University Edinburgh University Glasgow University University of Hertfordshire University of Huddersfield University of Hull King's College London London School of Economics University of Newcastle Oxford University Royal Holloway, University of London Salford University University of Sussex University of St Andrews University of Warwick University of York

12 Governance of the UK LOCKSS Alliance Steering Committee –Tony Kidd (University of Glasgow) –Geoff Gilbert (University of Birmingham) –Phil Adams (De Montfort University) –Lisa Cardy (London School of Economics) –Liz Stevenson (University of Edinburgh) –Lorraine Estelle (JISC Collections) –Peter Burnhill (EDINA, University of Edinburgh) –Adam Rusbridge (UK LOCKSS Alliance Coordinator)

13 Steering Committee Activities Collection Management Policies –Methods to determine what content is of priority and at-risk Community Outreach –Supporting other libraries –How to contribute to national policy Technical Operation and Development –Usage of LOCKSS within institutions Finance, Activity and Resources –Achieving a sustainable organisation

14 Priorities for JISC have awarded funding for Community Development Activities (2010 – 2013) Continued identification of at-risk scholarly titles Develop well-defined policies and practices –And encourage their adoption Improve communication between the UKLA members –Engagement with the wider community, e.g. via RLUK Develop active self-help communities to share information Engage with other initiatives to encourage joined-up services –Benefit from Shared Services

15 Get involved in the UK LOCKSS Alliance Participation Information £1,800E-F £2,250D £2,750C £3,750B £5,000A Annual FeeJISC Band

16 Principles of LOCKSS: Building Solid Archives Assured and licensed access to content Appropriate control and custody of content –Within UK policy and funding control Responsibility spread across the community –Built upon a strong organisational foundation Shepherded by strong universities with strong libraries

17 Where do we go from here? Thank you for listening Adam Rusbridge


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