What’s Different about the Digital:
Community Action via UK LOCKSS Alliance
UK LOCKSS Alliance Coordinator
EDINA, University of Edinburgh
Threats to Digital Material
• Can we still access the subscribed journals if
we stop paying subscription (post-
• What happens if a publisher discontinues a
• What happens if a publisher goes bust?
• Will we still be able to view current formats
in the long term?
UK LOCKSS Alliance
• The UK LOCKSS Alliance is a co-operative organization
whose goal is to ensure continuing access to scholarly work in
ways that are sustainable over the long term.
• LOCKSS allows libraries to be involved in the development of
journal preservation infrastructure and collections.
– EDINA offers underlying technical support and coordination
Challenges and Goals
• Limited resources are available for digital preservation
• Our task in the UK LOCKSS Alliance is to:
1. Identify priority “at-risk” resources
2. Ensure that these are preserved in a stable
• How do we achieve this?
LOCKSS Permission Statement
• Content can be archived if:
1. It has a LOCKSS permission statement
2. The library has an active subscription to the content, or
3. The content is released under Creative Commons license
Multiple approaches to consider
• Some libraries are participating in more than
– Pick the set of solutions that meets their needs
• Third party archives
• Legislative Mandate
– British Library - UK legal deposit
– KB e-Depot
– Access may be limited to on site, UK published
Motivations to participate
• A library task is to manage risk in order to ensure long
term preservation and access.
• Why participate in preservation initiatives?
– Cost savings: post-cancellation access
– Form of insurance for high value e-only subscriptions
• Participation is still relatively low - not only in UK
LOCKSS Alliance, but across the board.
– Need different initiatives?
– Other benefits – or different articulation?
– Is it the cost?
– Are people waiting for others to lead; a tipping point?
UK LOCKSS Alliance Members
• University of Birmingham
• University of Bristol
• De Montfort University
• Durham University
• Edinburgh University
• Glasgow University
• University of Hertfordshire
• University of Huddersfield
• University of Hull
• King's College London
• London School of
• University of Newcastle
• Oxford University
• Royal Holloway, University
• Salford University
• University of Sussex
• University of St Andrews
• University of Warwick
• University of York
Governance of the UK LOCKSS Alliance
• Steering Committee
– Tony Kidd (University of Glasgow)
– Geoff Gilbert (University of Birmingham)
– Phil Adams (De Montfort University)
– Lisa Cardy (London School of Economics)
– Liz Stevenson (University of Edinburgh)
– Lorraine Estelle (JISC Collections)
– Peter Burnhill (EDINA, University of Edinburgh)
– Adam Rusbridge (UK LOCKSS Alliance Coordinator)
Steering Committee Activities
• Collection Management Policies
– Methods to determine what content is of priority and at-risk
• Community Outreach
– Supporting other libraries
– How to contribute to national policy
• Technical Operation and Development
– Usage of LOCKSS within institutions
• Finance, Activity and Resources
– Achieving a sustainable organisation
Priorities for 2010-2013
• JISC have awarded funding for Community
Development Activities (2010 – 2013)
• Continued identification of at-risk scholarly titles
• Develop well-defined policies and practices
– And encourage their adoption
• Improve communication between the UKLA members
– Engagement with the wider community, e.g. via RLUK
• Develop active ‘self-help’ communities to share
• Engage with other initiatives to encourage joined-up
– Benefit from ‘Shared Services’
Get involved in the UK LOCKSS Alliance
Annual FeeJISC Band
Principles of LOCKSS: Building Solid Archives
• Assured and licensed access to content
• Appropriate control and custody of content
– Within UK policy and funding control
• Responsibility spread across the community
– Built upon a strong organisational foundation
• Shepherded by strong universities with strong libraries
Where do we go from here?
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