Launch of Private LOCKSS Network for OJS Journals
“The PKP PLN’s critically important work to integrate the award winning LOCKSS software with the PKP framework vastly reduces digital preservation ingest costs”, said Victoria Reich, Executive Director LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries. “This model approach enables many thousands of at-risk journals from long tail publishers to be effectively, efficiently and affordably preserved for future generations.”
Bronwen Sprout, PKP PLN Coordinator, added “the PKP PLN represents a much-needed addition to a wider range of critical services for scholarly publishing and exemplifies the increasing range of publishing services now provided by PKP.”
Preservation nodes in Canada, the United States, and Europe are cooperating to provide the preservation infrastructure for the PKP PLN (see map).
The PKP PLN is a member of the Keepers Registry, a central directory of preservation services for electronic journals, maintained by the University of Edinburgh and the ISSN International Centre. Membership in the registry enables PKP to share information on archived titles with the Registry and in turn with initiatives such as Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
According to Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director of DOAJ, “The PKP PLN will have positive implications for the OJS-based journals which apply for inclusion in DOAJ and those that may wish to qualify for the DOAJ Seal. To demonstrate our support for this initiative, DOAJ will add the PKP PLN as one of the resources that is explicitly mentioned as a preservation service in our application form and criteria.”
The LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries, built on the principle that “lots of copies keep stuff safe”, provides open source tools and support to communities who use LOCKSS to ensure preservation and continual access to both purchased and locally produced scholarly content. Visit the LOCKSS website at http://www.lockss.org/
The Directory of Open Access Journals is a community-curated list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. DOAJ was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals and today contains nearly 9,000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.
The Public Knowledge Project was established in 1998 at the University of British Columbia. Since that time PKP has expanded and evolved into an international and virtual operation with two institutional anchors at Stanford University and Simon Fraser University Library. OJS is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals, as open access can increase a journal’s readership as well as its contribution to the public good on a global scale. In 2016, almost 10,000 actively publishing journals around the world were using OJS software. More information about PKP and its software and services is available at http://pkp.sfu.ca.