Controlled LOCKSS: A Trusted Community Archive Ensuring Long-term Access to Digital Content
CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not for profit 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.
The University of Edinburgh is participating in CLOCKSS with three distinct roles.
Through CLOCKSS, publishers and libraries are working to achieve a sustainable and globally distributed solution to a long-term problem. Over the next five-years CLOCKSS aims to raise an endowment to sustain ongoing costs and mitigate the risks of preserving materials during hard economic times. The endowment, which is intended to lower participatory fees over time, is being built by supporting libraries and publishers who pay annual fees.
CLOCKSS deploys the LOCKSS software as a 'private LOCKSS network', globally distributed across a number of long-lived steward libraries that have agreed to take on an archival role on behalf of the wider international community. Use of open access reduces costs and serves all the world’s scholars, not just member libraries. There is a growing bank of triggered content.
Contributions from libraries are based on the size of the materials budget and range from US$450 to US$15,000 per annum. Support from library consortia is encouraged. UK institutions who wish to get involved can find out more here: JISC Collections CLOCKSS page
Peter Burnhill, for the University of Edinburgh (Information Services) as a 'CLOCKSS Archive Node' and for EDINA acting as a 'CLOCKSS Delivery Host'.