Digital Preservation of Scholarly Journals: A Publisher’s Perspective Adam Chesler Hawai’i Library Association October 24,...
Why Preserve This Content? <ul><li>Ensure long-term availability of scholarly record </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfill obligation ...
Who’s Responsible? <ul><li>Publishers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital content hosted by providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
What is being preserved? <ul><li>By Publishers (third parties) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><...
Is Digital Easier to Preserve? <ul><li>Conversion from print to digital enables new and broader means of preservation </li...
Some Major Initiatives <ul><li>Royal Dutch Library </li></ul><ul><li>LOCKSS </li></ul><ul><li>Portico </li></ul><ul><li>CL...
Open Questions <ul><li>How do we preserve “organic” or interactive content? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which one is the version...
Contact Information <ul><li>Adam Chesler </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone:  (571) 243-7537 </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail:  [email_ad...
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2008 Hawaii Library Association Conference at the Grand Wailea, Maui

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Digital Preservation of Scholarly Journals: A Publisher’s Perspective by Adam Chesler

  1. 1. Digital Preservation of Scholarly Journals: A Publisher’s Perspective Adam Chesler Hawai’i Library Association October 24, 2008
  2. 2. Why Preserve This Content? <ul><li>Ensure long-term availability of scholarly record </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfill obligation to contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Secure publisher’s patrimony </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution to scholarly record </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bigger than any organization itself: content is more important than business models and subscriptions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who’s Responsible? <ul><li>Publishers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital content hosted by providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Distribution from central host makes sense: interactivity, upgrades to display/search/etc capabilities, linking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Librarians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional stewards of published content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experience dealing with over-arching issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Third Parties – new players </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independence from old business concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global reach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In other words, the entire community </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is being preserved? <ul><li>By Publishers (third parties) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supplementary information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As available/practical </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books (if/as available) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By Libraries (institutional repositories) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lab reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local research </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Is Digital Easier to Preserve? <ul><li>Conversion from print to digital enables new and broader means of preservation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t reproduce a Gutenberg Bible, but can easily save copies of the digital version </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More gateways means more potential failure points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More versions (official and unofficial) means potential for more confusion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple authorized hosts important </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Replicates successful print archiving apparatus, while accounting for digital technology/realities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local loading suits only local users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International network with preservation mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reliable sources in absence of publisher availability </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Some Major Initiatives <ul><li>Royal Dutch Library </li></ul><ul><li>LOCKSS </li></ul><ul><li>Portico </li></ul><ul><li>CLOCKSS </li></ul><ul><li>PubMedCentral </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional repositories </li></ul>
  7. 7. Open Questions <ul><li>How do we preserve “organic” or interactive content? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which one is the version of record? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens when format changes ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rendering software – will content be readable? Searchable? Findable? Connectable? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Viability of different/multiple initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing of expenses – how? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Should we preserve everything? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who’s responsible for out-of-copyright materials? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which version should be saved (author’s, publisher’s)? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who gets access? And when? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Contact Information <ul><li>Adam Chesler </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone: (571) 243-7537 </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail: [email_address] </li></ul>
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