Monday, June 09, 2008

Report: A Comparative Study of e-Journal Archiving Solutions

Neil Beagrie noted in his blog that this report -- A Comparative Study of e-Journal Archiving Solutions -- has just been published. According to Beagrie:
The report contains chapters covering: Approaches to e-journal preservation, Publisher licensing and legal deposit, Comparisons of Six Current e-Journal Archiving Programmes (LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Portico, the KB e-depot, OCLC’s Electronic Collections Online, and the British Library’s e-journal Digital Archive), Practical experience of e-journal archiving solutions, Evaluation of four common scenarios/trigger events, and Criteria for judging relevance and value of new archiving initiatives. There are two appendices on Publisher Participation in different programmes.
Included in the report are 10 recommendations, which Beagrie outlines in his blog. The first recommendation is that negotiators have clear requirements when discussing archiving solutions. That goes along nicely with recommendation #8:
Using the scenarios outlined in this report, libraries should carry out a risk assessment on the impact of loss of access to e-journals by their institution, and a cost/benefit analysis, in order to judge the value and relevance of the archiving solutions on offer.
In other words, e-journal archiving is not something to be rushed into or taken lightly.

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