Chinese Academy of Sciences reports e-journal archiving with the Keepers Registry

March 2012

The National Science Library, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) has joined other leading archiving organisations in the Keepers Registry, the international facility which records who is looking after the world’s e-journal content.

Funded by JISC and developed by EDINA (http://edina.ac.uk) and the ISSN-IC (http://www.issn.org), the Keepers Registry is online at http://thekeepers.org.

Established in 1949, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development centre in natural sciences, technological science and high-tech innovation in China.  The National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) is the public library service system of CAS.  NSLC functions as the key library nationally for collecting information resources and providing information services in natural sciences, inter-disciplinary fields, and high tech fields, for the researchers and students of CAS and for the researchers around the country.  Learn more at http://english.las.cas.cn

Project Co-Directors Peter Burnhill (EDINA) and Françoise Pelle said, “We are very pleased to welcome the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences into the Keepers Registry, as a sign of their commitment and enthusiasm to help the library community globally.”

With the Keepers Registry providing a single point of access to archiving agency metadata, the library community now has an improved understanding of who is doing what with regards to e-Journal preservation.  The Keepers Registry allows library staff to discover which publishers are participating in the NSLC archive and provides an overview of the NSLC’s preservation approach and access conditions.

Seven organizations have now registered as ‘Keepers’, including the British Library, CLOCKSS Archive, e-Depot at the Dutch national library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), HathiTrust, the Global LOCKSS Network, and Portico.  Organizations from Canada and the UK are preparing to join.

About the Keepers Registry: The Keepers Registry Beta service provides easily accessible information about the archiving arrangements for electronic journals.  The Keepers Registry is an output of the JISC funded project, Piloting an E-Journals Preservation Registry Service (PEPRS) (http://edina.ac.uk/projects/peprs), and has been jointly developed by EDINA, a national data centre based at the University of Edinburgh, and the ISSN International Centre in Paris.  Learn more at http://thekeepers.org

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Keepers Registry meets the Keepers at DPC Workshop on Trust and E-journals

On 31st January 2012, the Digital Preservation Coalition held a workshop to discuss the take-up, acceptance and community trust of e-journal preservation initiatives.  Peter Burnhill delivered a presentation discussing the role of the Keepers Registry to report progress made by archiving agencies.

The following day, as part of a meeting convened by JISC, colleagues from ISSN International Centre and EDINA who have been working together in the PEPRS Project to create the Keepers Registry met with representatives from four of the registered “Keepers”: CLOCKSS Archive, KB e-Depot, Global LOCKSS Network and Portico.  The purpose was two-fold. For the project staff this was the first opportunity for collective review of progress and shared thoughts about how the “Keepers” might use and benefit from the registry service. For the JISC Programme Manager, Neil Grindley, this was occasion to affirm the interest JISC had in providing continuing support both for the Keepers Registry as an emergent service and for collaboration in tackling the variety of R&D challenges.

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Launch of the Keepers Registry Beta service

EDINA and the ISSN International Centre are pleased to announce the Beta release of the Keepers Registry, the e-journals preservation registry service. The Keepers Registry is available online at http://thekeepers.org.

The Keepers Registry renames and replaces the PEPRS Beta service which was launched in April 2011.  The Keepers Registry is the product of JISC-funded project activity and provides freely available means to discover which e-journals are being preserved by the leading archival organisations.  The metadata from an additional agency, HathiTrust, has been included in this release of the Keepers Registry, as well as new functionality to support browsing by journal title and publisher.

The PEPRS project 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. Suitable developments from the PEPRS project activity will be implemented into the Keepers Registry.

The work of the PEPRS project and the launch of the Beta release of the Keepers Registry will be discussed at the annual meeting of the Directors of the ISSN National Centres to be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, from 5th – 7th October 2011.

The idea for the registry was mooted in various reports since 2003 and the findings of a JISC-commissioned report carried out by the University of Loughborough and Rightscom and 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 six archiving agencies which 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
  • HathiTrust
  • 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 and 2012 and details of this are set out in the FAQ section on the service.

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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Presentation of PEPRS at UNESCO

On September 16th, a presentation on the work of the PEPRS project was made to Mr Janis Karklinš, Assistant Director-General for UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector by the two co-directors of the PEPRS Project, Françoise Pellé, Director of the ISSN International Centre and Peter Burnhill, Director of EDINA.

The meeting was an opportunity to raise awareness of the Keepers Registry (the forthcoming re-branding of the PEPRS Beta service) at UNESCO, to find out about the involvement of UNESCO in the area of digitisation and digital preservation and to discuss ways to present jointly the work of the PEPRS project in an international context.

As an example of involvement in the field it was reported that UNESCO, together with the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and the International Council on Archives (ICA), are jointly organising a conference on digitisation and digital preservation at the University of British Columbia, Vancover, Canada in September 2012.

 

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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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