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Electronic Journals: A Selected Resource Guide

(archival resource, no longer maintained)


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Preservation and archiving of electronic material

Libraries have always taken their archival responsibilities seriously, and the advent of e-journals is causing some discomfort. The issues go beyond the reliability and readability of electronic media. Many internet journals are not even owned by the libraries any longer, but are rather served up on an as-needed basis, so there is no longer any need for each library to store the journals for public access. Who then should be responsible for maintaining the archives of our journals? Publishers? Libraries? Consortia? Scholarly societies? A national archive?


Contains pointers to helpful articles and lists.


PADI (Preserving Access to Digital Information) is a "subject gateway to digital preservation resources," maintained by the National Library of Australia.


Garrett, John R. "Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information," D-Lib Magazine, September 1995. This is a summary of the following report, which was published in 1994:


"Preserving Digital Information: Final Report and Recommendations," May 20, 1996. At the end of 1994 the Commission on Preservation and Access (CPA) and RLG created a Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information charged with investigating and recommending means to ensure "continued access indefinitely into the future of records stored in digital electronic form." This was a watershed exercise which generated thoughtful discussion on this topic worldwide. It recommends a national or international archive.


Describes the archiving policies being developed as part of OCLC's Electronic Collections Online.


Following an invited conference of CLIR and DLF, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded grants to develop schemes for archiving electronic journals to seven major research libraries, including the New York Public Library and the university libraries of Cornell, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale.


Flecker, Dale. "Preserving Scholarly E-Journals." D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 9 (September, 2001). An overview of the Mellon/CLIR e-journal archiving initiative.


Thomas, Timothy. "Archives in a New Paradigm of Scientific Publishing: Physical Review Online Archives (PROLA)," D-Lib Magazine, May, 1998. Describes the problems of making electronic archives secure and accessible, and the solutions generated by the Physical Review Online.


Moore, Reagan, et al. "Collection-Based Persistent Digital Archives - Part 1." D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3 (March, 2000), and Moore, Reagan, et al. "Collection-Based Persistent Digital Archives - Part 2." D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 4 (March, 2000) Technical solutions to digital archiving issues.


With the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) project, Stanford University libraries is developing "persistent access" software, which will allow libraries to locally archive the Web journals they subscribe to. The project is still in the development stages, and is funded by the National Science Foundation, with contributions from Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Stanford University. This project is further described in http://www.dlib.org/dlib/june01/reich/06reich.html (Reich, Vicki. "LOCKSS: A Permanent Web Publishing and Access System." D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 6 (June, 2001).


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