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Slides now available from 'Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access to e-Journals'
Slides from our 'Preservation, trust and Continuing Access to e-Journals' briefing day at the RIBA headquarters on 30th October, are now available online. Recordings of each of the speaker sessions will be made available to members online shortly.
A huge thank you to our speakers for coming to talk to us from far and wide, providing a comprehensive update on the latest developments in this area. Thank you also to our attendees for some engaging discussion and debate, and making the day a resounding success.
'Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals’
‘Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals’ is the latest in the Digital Preservation Coalition’s (DPC) series of Technology Watch Reports released on 30th October. Written by Neil Beagrie, and published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., this report was released yesterday at the DPC’s much anticipated ‘e-Journals Summit’ at the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London.
Endorsed by LIBER (The Association for European Research Libraries), the report discusses the critical issues of preservation, trust and continuing access for e-journals, particularly in light of the dynamic and interdependent resources they have become, as well as the ever-growing trend towards open-access.
With extensive experience in this field and a particular reputation for his policy advice on e-journals and the cost/benefits of digital preservation for Jisc and others, Neil tells us that these “issues have become increasingly important for research libraries as published journals and articles have shifted from print to electronic formats; and as traditional publishing business models and relationships have undergone major transformations as a result of that shift.”
With these issues in mind, the report provides a comprehensive review of the latest developments in e-journal preservation, outlining key considerations and an application of best practice standards. The report introduces a range of service providers that now support continuing access and/or preservation of e-journals and how research libraries have increasingly come to trust them.
Neil explains that “for trust to be established between libraries and digital preservation services there needs to be clear agreements for long-term archiving, and clear procedures and mechanisms for those agreements to be implemented and validated when necessary across all elements of the supply chain.”
Matthew Herring from the University of York is sure that the report provides answers to these requirements, calling it “a clear, comprehensive and informative introduction to the area… if I was trying to grapple for the first time with long-term e-journal access, I would find this a very helpful guide.”
Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services at Cornell University Library agrees, adding that “due to inherent risks associated with digital media, the initial focus of earlier preservation studies was much more on technology issues. Neil’s comprehensive analysis illuminates the complex and integrated nature of technical, policy, business, and trust issues underlying e-journal preservation.”
While ‘Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals’ predominantly addresses issues felt most keenly by libraries, scholars and publishers, the report also includes generic lessons on outsourcing and trust learnt in this field of interest to the wider digital preservation community. It is not solely focussed on technology, and covers relevant legal, economic and service issues.
The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation. The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through knowledge exchange, capacity building, assurance, advocacy and partnership. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. The DPC’s Technology Watch Reports support this objective through an advanced introduction to topics that have a major bearing on its vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’
Read Neil Beagrie’s report ‘Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals’ now.
The Digital Preservation Coalition and The National Archives are delighted to invite you to join them at workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting started in digital preservation’.
Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft. Digital preservation – the series of managed activities necessary to ensure that digital materials remain accessible beyond the limits of obsolescence - is an issue which all organisations, particularly in the knowledge sector, will need to address sooner or later. Collection managers need digital preservation skills to ensure access to their growing digital collections, but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.
This day long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.
For more information about the workshop and to register see:
This programme has previously been very popular so we’ve added this event by popular demand. We recommend early registration which is free for DPC members and 20GBP for non-members.
Friday, 20 September 2013 13:13
Priority registration has now opened for the DPC's e-Journals 'summit' and webinar Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for E-Journals in London on Wednesday 30th October.
Perhaps the most advanced part of the digital preservation community, the e-journal community has growing experience in fixing technical challenges and is supported by a well-developed - if complicated and at times dysfunctional - value chain that connects authors, publishers, sellers, purchasers and consumers. A range of service providers and tools secure this supply chain with a blend of services that offer (or purport to offer) digital preservation, and continuity of access. This is because libraries were historically a mix of 'access libraries' and 'holding libraries': but now hardly any library that provides e-connections for their clientele also holds the equivalent e-collection. They either entrust that stewardship to others or engage collaboratively to do so between with partners.
This half day seminar will introduce and examine latest developments in the preservation of e-journal content, and explore the extent to which the e-Journal community has genuinely solved the 'trust question' for digital preservation services. This topic of e-Journals should, therefore, be of interest anyone considering the viability and requirements of third party services in digital preservation.
The DPC has recently completed the latest in its Technology Watch Report series, ‘Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals’ written by Neil Beagrie. This report explores these issues and makes a series of specific recommendations for libraries, publishers, archivists and service providers active in this space. The report is now available as a preview to DPC members and will be launched at the seminar.
Parts of this event will also be available as a webinar for members who are not able to attend in person. In person or online, places are limited and we recommend early registration.
Members have access to priority registration online: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/67-eJournals-Oct-2013?xref=73
Non-members will be invited to register after 30th September.
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