PKP Preservation Network – A New Name for the PKP PLN (and a few updates)

November 20th, 2017 by  | 3 Comments

It’s been about six months since our last update and we wanted to share some data on what PKP’s Preservation Network is currently preserving as well as a few related activities.

First, the network previously known as the PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN) is now the PKP Preservation Network (PKP PN). While PKP remains committed to using the LOCKSS technology and to supporting its activities, the new name is intended to more clearly reflect the preservation service this network provides.

As a reminder, the PKP Preservation Network is a free service that uses the LOCKSS open-source software and works with a network of partners to create a “dark archive” of OJS journals that is distributed across the globe. Journals preserved in the network will become “bright” again and be available to the reading public long after their original OJS website is gone. Having a reliable digital preservation strategy is a recommended best practice in scholarly publishing, as well as being a requirement for the DOAJ Seal, and the PKP Preservation Network meets this need.

As of the beginning of November, 2017, 14,449 issues from 605 OJS journals representing 37 countries have been preserved in the network! (This represents a rate of about one journal per day joining the network since launch.)

In related news, a new partner has joined the network. The National Documentation Centre (EKT) in Greece is the PLN’s 9th node, and its 2nd outside of North America.

And finally, updates to the OJS 3.1 interface will soon make the PKP Preservation Network easier to find and to enable. As before, journal managers who would like their journal to be included in the network accept the terms of use via the OJS plugin. Look for this plugin to be added to the “archiving” tab in the “website settings” section soon.

For more information about the PKP Preservation Network, visit https://pkp.sfu.ca/pkp-lockss/.

3 Comments on "PKP Preservation Network – A New Name for the PKP PLN (and a few updates)"

  1. Varshil Mehta says:

    Is it started? I do not have the plugin installed and i can not even find the plugin in ojs 3.1 (plugin directory)

    • Bronwen Sprout says:

      Thanks Varshil. The PKP Preservation Network plugin is not in OJS 3.1 yet – it will be added to the “archiving” tab in the “website settings” section soon.

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