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[From LOCKSS home page] The LOCKSS Program is an open-source, library-led digital preservation system built on the principle that ?lots of copies keep stuff safe.? The LOCKSS system is the first and only mechanism to apply the traditional purchase-and-own library model to electronic materials. The LOCKSS system allows librarians at each institution to take custody of and preserve access to the e-content to which they subscribe, restoring the print purchase model with which librarians are familiar. Using their computers and network connections, librarians can obtain, preserve and provide access to purchased copies of e-content. This is analogous to libraries? using their own buildings, shelves and staff to obtain, preserve and provide access to paper content. The LOCKSS model restores libraries? ability to build and preserve local collections. Read more about the preservation principles that set us apart, the benefits of LOCKSS for both libraries and publishers and technical info.

Is this a complete system, a service or a tool?: System

Software Type: Freeware

URL for Resource:

Alternate / Free Version URL: (other links can also be found on the home page)

Cost: Varies

Creating body / Developer / Publisher: Stanford University Libraries

Date of Creation: 2004

Other Notes: LOCKSS Box performs five main functions: ingest, preserve, delivers, manages, and migrate content (viewing only).

Topics: Disaster Preparedness

States: Alabama

Institutional Implementation: List of private LOCKSS implementations can be found here.

Alabama Example: ADPNET (Alabama Digital Preservation Network) is a private LOCKSS network composed of universities, state agencies, and cultural organizations in the state, including Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Auburn University, Birmingham Public Library, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Spring Hill College, Troy University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of North Alabama. Any organization with digital collections that are freely available to the public may join. It is a program of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries.

Date Resource Added/Modified: November 23, 2015


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