Clockss: a ‘dark archive’ for backup copies of eJournals
31 January 2006 1 Comment
As reported by Vince Kiernan in the Chronicle of Higher Education (account required) a number of publishers of eJournals and a group of university and public libraries are collaborating to ensure the availability of the eJournals. Each library will keep a backup copy of all the eJournals offline. Should the publishers online system fail for any reason, any of the university ‘dark archives’ can come online and the eJournal articles become available again.
This useful mechanism addresses one of the hard questions always asked of e-publications – how can access be guaranteed for decades into the future, even past the demise of the original publishing companies?