SafeNet: distributed digital preservation network
SafeNet will allow UK universities to safely back up and preserve e-journals and other digital materials
1 year and 8 months
Ended 1 Apr 2016100%
£250k to £1m
Many UK higher education institutions (HEIs) now include sustainability criteria within their library collection development policies, specifying conditions that support a move to online and the cancellation and relegation of print holdings
About this project
SafeNet is a shared post-cancellation access (PCA) service for UK academic libraries that builds a UK archive collection and clarifies entitlement rights. Unlike external service providers SafeNet supplies PCA from the outset and gives the UK independent policy control over collection and development decisions.
Our aim is to provide up to six geographically dispersed digital storage facilities that would collectively manage and preserve e-journal material on behalf of UK university libraries and publishers.
This specifically adds value by establishing a distributed digital preservation network reliant on LOCKSS1 technology; community-owned governance arrangements and an entitlement registry to simplify and clarify issues around PCA.
Project goals and outputs
- National preservation infrastructure through a UK private LOCKSS network
A consortial managed archive that reconfigures the UK LOCKSS Alliance for subscribed content, endorsed by key working groups and providing efficient shared infrastructure for PCA
- Entitlement registry software
Providing an authoritative source of information
- Gathering of high-value entitlement information
Further progress towards actionable entitlement information, simplifying post-cancellation workflows and clarifying subscription decisions
- National collection of e-journal content with appropriate license information
Collection relevant to need, with license assurance that the service can be relied upon
- Active community governance model
Strong community engagement and direction to ensure that service requirements are understood and that information is disseminated
- 1 Lots of copies keeps stuff safe - see Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOCKSS
This project ran until spring 2016