Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter



Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe

The Boston College Libraries are pleased to announce their participation in two new electronic-journal archiving initiatives, as part of an ongoing effort to ensure long-term access to scholarly journals delivered in digital formats rather than in print.


The first initiative, Portico, is a hosted service launched in 2005 with significant backing from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka, The Library of Congress, and JSTOR. Publishers that have agreed to provide content to Portico for archiving include the American Mathematical Society, Annual Reviews, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, SAGE Publications, and the University of Chicago Press, among others.


The second archiving initiative is Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe (LOCKSS), a distributed network of archive appliances running open-source software developed by Stanford University, with backing from the Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Publishers participating in the LOCKSS program include the American Historical Association, BioOne, the Insitute of Physics, Johns Hopkins Press, and Indiana University Press, among others. The LOCKSS program was launched in 2004, and has been adopted at approximately 160 colleges and universities around the world.


The two archiving programs are at this point complementary, covering mostly different publisher and title lists, and employing very different technological approaches to establish digital archives of e-journal content.


The Libraries will be working over the next several months to inventory e-journal content that is eligible to be included in either Portico or LOCKSS, and to ensure that the eligible content is included and activated in the archives. Further information about this archiving effort will be included in the Fall newsletter.


Bob GerrityBob Gerrity
Library Systems, Head


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