ERL 12 – ebook preservation

Digital preservation of reference works: commercial publisher’s perspective – Heather Staines @heatherstaines

  • Springer committed to preserving all currently publisher journal titles and backfiles when possible
  • ebooks purchased deposited into multiple preservation initiatives (PORTICO, CLOCKSS)
  • more online reference works are starting to look like databases (SpringerImages, etc.) — how do those get preserved? PDFs + metadata when available, preservation plan by initiative, internally via CMS
  • business models and digital preservation: access models vs. ownership, versioning and updates
  • content preservation: media storage vs. ftp site, harvesting via LOCKSS box or similar crawl, ONIX feed of content (can replace versions or keep both)
  • what do we need to preserve? content, organizational structure, interconnections and linking, user experience, user generated content — snapshot versus entire user experience
  • reference works becoming more dynamic, harder to preserve
  • ensuring that citations, updates, errata, addenda connected and resolve properly — difficult!

ebook preservation: the library’s role

Geneva Henry, Center for Digital Scholarship, Rice University

  • with ebooks, ownership, repair and replacement no longer library’s responsibility (unlike with print), but ensuring access is a critical role — why? responsibility to preserve human record, trusted relationship with publishers and patrons

ebook preservation: what is the role of the CLOCKSS archive?

Randy S. Kiefer, Executive Director of the CLOCKSS Archive

  • CLOCKSS is a dark archive founded by libraries and publishers to keep archiving in the hands of the community
  • uses LOCKSS software
  • free, open access to triggered content – once triggered, it’s available to everyone
  • generally distributed archive nodes at major libraries
  • community-governed
  • low participation costs so everyone can participate
  • OA triggered content: Graft (Sage), Auto/Biography (Sage), Brief Treatment & Crisis Intervention (OUP), Molecular Interventions (ASPET)
  • CLOCKSS boxes all over the world to hold the content
  • digital archiving was designed for journals – preserve record of scholarship, keep your access
  • archiving costs are the same for e-books and e-journals
  • challenge: archiving terms and rights – author reversion clause, rights may revert to author from publisher
  • challenge: ebooks on various platforms, usually with third parties, in various formats — for CLOCKSS: collect the files, in all formats, directly from the publisher or choose one of the platforms to harvest
  • ebook archiving slightly different — level of detail is greater
  • market place and business model still changing. preservation will continue to adapt



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