PEPRS Beta Service available

We were pleased to announce the Beta release of PEPRS at the end of April 2011 (see the full announcement text below).  We’ll be using this blog to share news and announcements of interest.

EDINA and the ISSN International Centre are pleased to announce the Beta release of PEPRS, the e-journals preservation registry service. This is the product of JISC-funded project activity, and provides freely available means to discover which e-journals are being preserved by theleading archival organisations – highlighting those e-journals for which no arrangement is on record.

The PEPRS Beta service is available at http://www.peprs.org/

We are carrying out a short survey to assess initial user reaction to PEPRS and are grateful for all responses: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/peprs-beta-service

The ISSN Governing Board met in Paris on Thursday 28th April to formally launch the PEPRS Beta service and to confirm its wholehearted and continuing support for the PEPRS project and the new service.  The Board were very pleased with the work that has been done and wished us all success.  Members of the Board will be circulating this announcement to colleagues worldwide.  PEPRS is expected to have international appeal and anticipated usage from both national and university libraries and all parts of the serials world.

PEPRS was initially funded as a two-year project to scope, design and build a prototype, during which user requirements were gathered from librarians and preservation agencies. The present funding, until July 2012, is geared towards implementation of a service-quality system.

The idea for the registry was mooted in various literature since 2003 and the findings of a JISC-commissioned report carried out by the University of Loughborough and Rightscom were published in 2008. Further background information on the project and details of relevant reports are available on the PEPRS project website at  http://edina.ac.uk/projects/peprs/index.html

The five archiving agencies that have been participating in the project and have made metadata available to the PEPRS Beta service include:

  • British Library
  • CLOCKSS Archive
  • e-Depot at the Konjinklijke Bibliotheek
  • Global LOCKSS Network
  • Portico

It is planned to extend the scope of the service by including metadata from other archiving agencies. Additional functionality will also be added to the service throughout 2011 – details of which are set out in the FAQ section.

A programme to test new functionality is being developed and the project team would welcome offers from users to assist in the testing process.

If you would like to get involved please contact us at edina@ed.ac.uk.

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