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

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2008 Hawaii Library Association Conference at the Grand Wailea, Maui

2008 Hawaii Library Association Conference at the Grand Wailea, Maui

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