Piloting An E-Journals Preservation Registry Service. Phase 2
August 2010 – July 2012
PEPRS 2 built upon the work of PEPRS 1 which ran from August 2008 – July 2010. The key aim of PEPRS 1 was to create a working demonstrator which would establish the form of a registry service for preservation information about e-journals and which would be based on known user requirements. To this end good working relationships were established with the five named preservation agencies CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, e-Depot at Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Portico and the British Library. In addition, from interviews with agency staff and librarians, combined with the user requirements identified in the literature, a set of user requirements was drawn up and was used for the design of the demonstrator system.
All the agencies, except the British Library, provided PEPRS with real data and this was used in the demonstrator along with the authoritative data supplied by EDINA’s partner, the ISSN International Centre. The ISSN IC supplied the ISSN Register which provides details of all journals which have been assigned an ISSN. This authoritative data was used to ensure incoming data matches correctly.
The Project was externally evaluated in February 2010 and the evaluators recommended to the JISC that funding for a Phase 2 to take the project into service should be awarded. All the recommendations made by the evaluators were incorporated into the Phase 2 proposal which was submitted to the JISC in May 2010. Formal approval, based on the proposal, was given for PEPRS Phase 2 in July 2010.
The main aims of PEPRS 2 were:
In April 2011 the PEPRS Beta registry service was launched, and in October 2011 this service was renamed the Keepers Registry. The Keepers Registry is available online at: thekeepers.org. The service Home page lists the agencies participating in the Keepers Registry.
The Keepers Registry blog is used to keep users up-to-date with the development of the service and contains news of interest and service release notes.
The key deliverables were:
Fred Guy, Project Manager