Webinar – Introduction to the Keepers Registry

Interested in finding out more about the Keepers Registry, and how it can help?

Register for our introductory webinar to find out:

  • what the Keepers Registry is, and how it supports long-term preservation
  • how you can use the Keepers Registry to help ensure long term access to your collections.

The webinar is free and open to all, but is most likely to be of interest to librarians involved with e-journal subscriptions and collections, and preservation.

The webinar will run twice, at the following times:

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Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record is a statement that outlines the actions required to tackle the challenges of preserving and ensuring the long term accessibility of digital scholarship.

Initially released in August 2016, the statement sets out a series of recommended activities that publishers, research libraries and national libraries can undertake to support archiving and preservation initiatives. Published in four languages, it represents the consensus of preservation specialists, archivists, librarians and technologists, who participated in an invited workshop held as part of the Keepers Extra project in Paris on the 6th and 7th of June 2016.

The statement has already been endorsed by the following organisations:

We invite other organisations to endorse the statement and lend their support to this call to action.   If you or your organisation wishes to endorse this statement please write to edina@ed.ac.uk.

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Swiss National Library joins the Keepers Registry

We are very pleased to welcome the Swiss National Library as the thirteenth archiving organisation to join the Keepers Registry.

Swiss National Library

The heart of the Swiss National Library is its Helvetica collection; everything which is published in Switzerland or written by Swiss authors, as well as foreign publications dealing with Switzerland and its inhabitants, and translations of works by Swiss authors in all languages.  Every publication, from Swiss daily newspapers to novels, from documentaries and yearbooks to official publications and geographical maps; the collection contains over 5 million documents – everything on and about Switzerland.   Its e-Helvetica service works to safeguard Switzerland’s digital cultural heritage over the long term and ensure that it remains accessible to future generations.

National libraries have historically taken a leadership role in identifying, collecting and stewarding content published within their country, and are uniquely experienced in collecting ‘long tail’ publishers. Given the international nature of publishing today, and the extent of the ‘long tail’ still to be archived, national libraries have an important role in ensuring preservation coverage is increased around the world. The Swiss National Library is the fifth national library to join the Keepers Registry, alongside the British Library, the National Library of the Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Library of Congress and the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

For more information about the Swiss National Library’s approach to archiving and contribution to the Keepers Registry see the Archiving Agencies section of the Keepers Registry and the Swiss National Library’s own website: http://www.nb.admin.ch/nb_professionnel/01693/index.html?lang=en

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IARLA endorses Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

We’re very pleased to announce that the International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) has endorsed Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

IARLA is a coalition of five of the world’s prominent academic and research library organisations: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Canadian Association of Research Libraries/ Association des Bibliothèques de Recherche du Canada (CARL/ABRC), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), and Research LibrariesUK (RLUK). The alliance formed in 2016 to collaboratively address the most pressing issues of scholarly research information management in the digital, networked age.

If you or your organisation wishes to endorse this statement please write to edina@ed.ac.uk.

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Collections Group endorses Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

We’re delighted to announce that The Ivy Plus Libraries Collections Group has endorsed Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

Ivy Plus Libraries is a partnership of 13 leading academic research libraries comprising Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale.

If you or your organisation wishes to endorse this statement please write to edina@ed.ac.uk.

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Translations of Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly record now available

We are delighted to announce that translations of Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record are now available in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

As the statement suggests, ensuring the preservation and long-term accessibility of the digital scholarly record and of other parts of each country’s published heritage is essential for scholarship around the world. This is an international challenge that requires concerted, coordinated and sustained action from multiple sectors, organisations and regions. We hope that these translations will help to ensure international understanding of the issues and potential actions required.

Our thanks go to Gaëlle Béquet of the ISSN International Center and Miguel Ángel Mardero Arellano of the Cariniana network.

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International Endorsements for Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

We’re pleased to report that the publication of Working together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record has attracted international attention and the statement has been been endorsed by the following organisations:

King’s College London, UK

Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC), Australia

Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), Canada

Kate Price, Associate Director (Collections & Research Support), King’s College London, writes:

As a major research and cultural institution, we regard the curation and preservation of information as inherent to our role, and we fully accept that in today’s networked world this must be carried out in a collaborative manner. We are keen to work alongside publishers, national libraries and supporting agencies to ensure that the scholarly record is preserved for the benefit of both today’s researchers and for future generations.

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Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

EDINA and the ISSN International Centre are pleased to announce the publication of:

Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record

This statement outlines the actions now required to tackle the evolving challenges of preserving and ensuring the long-term accessibility of digital scholarship. It was produced during and after the second Keepers Extra workshop, held in Paris on the 6th and 7th of June 2016.

We are grateful for the contributions and assistance of those who helped to shape and edit this document.

 

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Supporting E-Journal Archiving: Publishers

In June 2016, EDINA and the ISSN IC hosted a workshop as part of the Keepers Extra project. The event brought together representatives of the archiving agencies and libraries reporting into the Keepers Registry and other key stakeholder such as Research Libraries UK, Coalition for Networked Information and Digital Preservation Coalition, to explore potential international action to increase the preservation coverage of e-serials. Following the face to face discussions, the Keeper agencies were invited to submit prioritised suggestions for actions that could be undertaken by different stakeholder groups in order to  support e-journal archiving. The Keepers are committed to encouraging and supporting these actions, wherever possible. 

Publishers

Today publishers not only produce digital serials but also face the additional challenges of managing access and holding content securely over the long term. This applies to publishers across the spectrum, from large to small, and includes the rapidly expanding area of open access publishing. Archiving agencies support publishers by offering a robust and dependable third party solution for long term storage and back up. This enables publishers to offer assurance of post-cancellation access, and ensures that content would be preserved were the publisher’s platform to cease to exist. Publishers can support the archiving of their content in a number of ways.

Firstly, publishers can join at least one reputable third party archiving agency that reports into the Keepers Registry and promote their participation to customers. In this way, publishers not only invest financially in the long term sustainability of their content but also help to raise awareness of preservation among their peers, encouraging discussion and understanding of e-journal preservation strategies, risks, and business models among the publisher community.

Secondly, publishers can take preservation requirements into account within their internal workflows and production processes.  By following current guidance they can ensure that their publications are created in ways that encourage and enable preservation (i.e. use of certain file types, metadata), and that they are packaged and delivered in standard formats that make them easier to work with.

Thirdly, publishers should be vocal about the importance they place on long term archiving. Publishing societies and membership organisations should promote the value and benefits of archiving among members: these include not only the improved security of content, and long term reputational benefit, but also improved clarity of data and the support and establishment of international data standards.  A strong preservation strategy is a marker of best practice, an indicator of the quality of content, and of significant value to customers.

 

Learn how research libraries can support e-journal archiving

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Supporting E-Journal Archiving: Research Libraries

In June 2016, EDINA and the ISSN IC hosted a workshop as part of the Keepers Extra project. The event brought together representatives of the archiving agencies and libraries reporting into the Keepers Registry and other key stakeholder such as Research Libraries UK, Coalition for Networked Information and Digital Preservation Coalition, to explore potential international action to increase the preservation coverage of e-serials. Following the face to face discussions, the Keeper agencies were invited to submit prioritised suggestions for actions that could be undertaken by different stakeholder groups in order to  support e-journal archiving. The Keepers are committed to encouraging and supporting these actions, wherever possible. 

Research Libraries

Research libraries have traditionally been the collectors and stewards of journals, books and other materials. Their librarians are expert in identifying, selecting, and archiving content of value to the scholarly community and have strong connections with researchers, who rely on stable access to scholarship and publish their work in journals. It is important that such librarians are involved in shaping the future of the scholarly record, bringing their knowledge, expertise and skills to bear on the challenges that face libraries and archiving agencies alike. Research libraries should promote the value of this work and support their librarians to join the international community engaged in journal archiving. They should view archiving and preservation agencies not only as a form of insurance but also as partners in a shared project.

As a first step, research libraries could commit to supporting the work of e-journal archiving by joining a third party preservation service such as CLOCKSS or Portico, and/or by supporting local or regional hosting initiatives. They can identify clear digital preservation roles and responsibilities within their organization and embed consideration of long-term access issues in the process of licensing content.

Secondly, research libraries can collaborate with other libraries and archiving agencies to identify and prioritise serials for preservation. For archiving agencies, content identification is a resource-intensive task, especially when it comes to the ‘long tail’ of smaller publishers. Librarians have a broad view of what is being published where and can greatly assist archives by identifying valuable content and providing this information to archiving agencies.

Thirdly, libraries can advocate for digital archiving and preservation among publishing, research and funding communities. They can raise preservation as a concern during their negotiations with publishers, enquiring about digital preservation arrangements, and making third party hosting a condition of subscription. They can suggest researchers take archival status into account when choosing where they will publish their work.

They can also encourage library associations to promote awareness and understanding of digital preservation through events, publications and training. This is a new and rapidly shifting landscape and research librarians need to feel confident in their knowledge of archiving and preservation in order to ‘effectively demand archival deposit by publishers’, and ‘educate authors and readers to consider these archiving provisions in evaluating the suitability of journals as durable records of scholarship.’ (Waters, 2005: 3)

 

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