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UK LOCKSS Alliance Private LOCKSS Networks


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Presentation given by Adam Rusbridge, London, 22nd October 2009.

Presentation given by Adam Rusbridge, London, 22nd October 2009.

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  • 1. UK LOCKSS AlliancePrivate LOCKSS Networks Adam Rusbridge 22nd October 2009 1
  • 2. Private LOCKSS Networks • LOCKSS is a technology for low-cost preservation – Public LOCKSS Network for general interest content – Private LOCKSS Network for special interest content • Tailor the model for specific groups – Hardware requirement: SEVEN LOCKSS boxes. – Agreement between members to: * Preserve content across institutions (license) * Maintain necessary LOCKSS boxes (hardware) * Participate in shared initiative (consortia agreement) • Enable preservation with well defined costs • What can we achieve in the UK? 2
  • 3. Who could set up a Private LOCKSS Network? • Any UK consortium • However: Private LOCKSS Networks require a degree of coordination and cost – Identification of content of common interest – Agreement between parties • Are there opportunities of interest? – Cross-institution special collections – Further Education institutions – Museums, Libraries and Archives – Government documents 3
  • 4. PLN Requirements • Community – Who might be involved? • Collections – Range of uses • Technology – There are costs for staff, hardware, and support • Models – Model for running a PLN should be informed by community and content – Secure funding once PLN has been defined 4
  • 5. Production Models • MetaArchive • COPPUL • US Docs PLN 5
  • 6. MetaArchive: Summary • Distributed, multi-tier initiative to support practical preservation – Sustaining Members * Development, maintenance of hardware and software – Preservation Members * Ongoing activity of preserving digital content – Contributing Members * Own and possess digital content and wish to preserve it • Strong governance model – Activities separated into subcommittees * Steering, Content, Preservation, Technical 6
  • 7. MetaArchive: Benefits • Members reassured of content recovery in event of loss • Dedicated tools to report on collections • Build on shared knowledge and experience – Collaborate with and/or learn from others • Cost-effective, scalable preservation option – buy storage and preservation development services as needed • Guidance and support on infrastructure development – Recovery in event of failure – Shared expertise – Assistance with installation & maintenance • Ability to influence development of MetaArchive – Influence varies with membership role 7
  • 8. COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network • The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) – 21 universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. • COPPUL PLN aims: – to preserve collections of local interest – that are not already being preserved through any other means • Content of interest includes: – university press publications – open access journals – born digital government publications – other electronic journal collections that are at risk of being lost • Guidelines to help identify appropriate candidate collections: – Of local interest and significance – At notable risk of being lost – Open to all members, or all members must subscribe – Content in large commercial packages should be excluded 8
  • 9. US Government Documents Private LOCKSS Network • USDocsPLN is the digital equivalent of the US Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) – 15 libraries harvest and preserve content – First are Government Printing Office (GPO) documents • Benefits of PLN: – Geographically distributed and replicated. – Citizens have oversight and responsibility * for both long-term stability and maintenance of content – Any alteration of the content (either deliberate or accidental) will be detected and repaired. – Preservation of government documents in a tamper- evident environment is essential. 9
  • 10. For discussion... • If the UK is interested, what are next steps? – Who is interested? – What collections? – What size? – Where are the collections located? 10