Global & Private LOCKSS Networks

Libraries build local digital collections with a LOCKSS Box and acquire libraries mission-critical assets that grow over time. Librarians and archivist are using the LOCKSS software to preserve content in two distinct networking environments:

  • Through the Global LOCKSS Network, libraries are building and preserving collections of open access titles and those e-journals and ebooks to which they subscribe. The Global LOCKSS Network is the equivalent of a library’s general collections. See participating publishers and titles.
  • Libraries participate in Private LOCKSS Networks to preserve manuscript and image collections, data sets, government document collections and more. Private LOCKSS Networks are the equivalent of a library’s special collections.

The Global LOCKSS Network preserves materials that are generally available on the Web, including subscription-only material. Sufficient replication is ensured because the materials preserved in the public network are those that the wider community has agreed they wish to preserve. The global network is maintained by the Stanford University LOCKSS staff with funding provided by the LOCKSS Alliance.

Private LOCKSS Network participants have common interests in specialized subject areas; these networks are highly targeted collaborative efforts. Like-minded institutions work together to share the preservation responsibility (including governance and sustainability) of e-content important to the group. A Private LOCKSS Network builds a community’s digital preservation infrastructure, safeguards important local digital content, and cultivates and maintains local staff and technology assets. Private LOCKSS Network organizations routinely move content from institutional repositories for robust preservation. The range of content preserved in various Private LOCKSS Networks is vast, and includes photo image collections, audio collections, government documents and databases. The international Private LOCKSS Network community holds regular meetings and maintains a wiki.

Private LOCKSS Networks From Around The World

Alabama Digital Preservation Network (ADPN).  Alabama libraries are collaborating to preserve a wide variety of historic archival materials, including image collections and databases.

Canadian Government Information (CGI) LOCKSS network is a program founded by 11 Canadian institutions to preserve at risk Canadian government information. This network acts as a backup when the main server is unavailable and will restore lost data when required. In 2015, CGI received the CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology.

CARINIANA Instituto Brasileiro de Informaçãoem Ciência e Tecnologia (IBICT). IBICT is building a national Private LOCKSS Network to preserve more than 1000 Brazilian open access journals, books, and theses and dissertations.

CLOCKSS Archive. The 24 member CLOCKSS Board of Directors—half publishers, and half librarians—oversee the preservation of e-journals and e-books from a quickly growing list of participating publishers. The content is preserved in a 12-LOCKSS-installation network, spanning Europe, Asia and North America. When preserved content is no longer available from a publisher it is copied from the CLOCKSS Archive and made available for free, to everyone. There are currently nine triggered titles, each demonstrating for different publishers what the LOCKSS system preserves.

Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) Consortium. Nine Canadian University libraries are collaborating to preserve collections important to the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This group has a particular focus on freely available born digital Web content including government documents, e-journals and small presses.

Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS). A growing number of universities are collaborating to preserve social science data which include: opinion polls, voting records, surveys on family growth and income, social network data, government statistics and indices, and GIS data measuring human activity. Leading this effort is the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

Digital Commons. Digital Commons library customers are exploring using a Private LOCKSS Network to preserve materials they have published on the bepress platform. See the Digital Commons Private LOCKSS Network Frequently Asked Questions (pdf file) DC PLN FAQ

Digital Federal Depository Library Program.  Approximately three-dozen libraries in partnership with the U.S. Government Publishing Office are working to ensure the distributed nature of the Federal Digital Library Program persists in the digital environment. The LOCKSS Docs Private LOCKSS Network is focused on preserving born-digital government documents published via Government Publishing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). Collections include: the U.S. Budget, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Code, Congressional Record, Congressional reports, hearings and documents, Congressional Bills, Public Laws, Papers of U.S. Presidents, Government Accountability Office Reports and more. See also Digital Federal Depository FAQ.

LukII (LOCKSS und KOPAL Infrastrucktur und Interoperabilitat). Led by the Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, German libraries are establishing a Private LOCKSS Network to conceptualize and implement interoperability among several major preservation systems. This program has demonstrated bi-directional content moves between the German National Library’s KOPAL system and a Germany-wide Private LOCKSS Network.

MetaArchive Cooperative.The MetaArchive is run by the Educopia Institute, a 501(c)3 organization. This fast growing international membership organization caters to cultural memory organizations that are collaborating to preserve very high value locally created digital materials. The MetaArchive reports that their network is now 40TB, making it the largest Private LOCKSS Network implementation. See also A Guide to Distributed Digital Preservation.

PKP Public Knowledge Project. The PKP has been working with its development partners and sponsors to implement a Private LOCKSS Network that will preserve any OJS journal, with one year of published content and an ISSN, regardless of where it is hosted or who publishes it.

PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. An international collaboration of libraries are collecting locally and preserving the extremely large and very important electronic journal PNAS, thus insuring that this material will be available always for their local user community.

SAFE (SAFE Archiving FEderation). Six institutions in Belgium, Germany and Canada are preserving their locally published open-access collections of scientific publications and research data.

Synergies. Provides for the publication, dissemination, and preservation of Canadian published social sciences and humanities research results.

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