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01.05.2022 | Member News & Releases

Digital Preservation Coalition Welcomes CLOCKSS

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome CLOCKSS, as they become the newest Full Member of the Coalition.

January 4, 2022 – A collaboration between leading research libraries and academic publishers around the globe, CLOCKSS is a digital preservation archive for scholarly content. It focuses on content licensed or published by research libraries, and is currently entrusted to preserve more than 46 million journal articles and 260,000 books. These are held in twelve secure repositories distributed around the world at major academic institutions.

CLOCKSS is a financially secure, independent non-profit organization, governed by its Board of libraries and publishers. The board is co-chaired by Tom Cramer (Stanford) and Duncan Campbell (Wiley).

CLOCKSS uses LOCKSS software, developed at Stanford University, which is based on a comprehensive and openly-articulated threat model that critically considers the kinds of threats responsible for data loss. The CLOCKSS approach is resilient to potential technological, economic, environmental, and political failures. CLOCKSS has been awarded the highest overall score and the only perfect score issued to date for the category of “Technologies, Technical Infrastructure, Security” through the CRL TRAC certification scheme.

“We are really excited to become part of the thriving DPC community. While the CLOCKSS dark archive is resilient,” explains Dr Alicia Wise, Executive Director of CLOCKSS. “our commitment is for the very long term, and scholarship and technology are constantly changing. It is as a community that we will find ways to overcome these challenges. Being part of a dynamic and mutually supportive digital preservation community like the DPC is essential if humanity’s knowledge is to be available for future generations.”

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC Board, welcomed CLOCKSS’ commitment to the ongoing challenge of digital preservation, saying: “I am delighted that CLOCKSS has become a member of the DPC community. As a collaboration of academic publishers and research libraries, we look forward to working with CLOCKSS to share good practice in digital preservation, ensuring the long-term survival of digital scholarship.”

The DPC is an international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, helping its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a secure digital legacy. 

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