The ASERL LOCKSS-ETD Initiative

Developing Preservation Strategies for Libraries that Publish E-Scholarship

In 2005, ASERL created a joint project between the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program at Stanford University to assist in the preservation of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). Participating in the project are the following ASERL libraries:
o    Florida State University
o    Georgia Institute of Technology
o    North Carolina State University
o    University of Kentucky
o    University of Miami
o    University of Tennessee
o    Vanderbilt University
o    Virginia Tech

This group utilized the latest version of LOCKSS (1.10.5) to harvest electronic theses and dissertations from each institution using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). The OAI-PMH is used to create a LOCKSS archival unit for collections such as ETDs which are continually updated. Creating LOCKSS caches at each participating institution allow for multiple copies of ETDs in geographically dispersed locations thus offering an additional layer of preservation for each ETD collection as well as a cooperative open-source model for organizations that support E-Scholarship publishing initiatives.  Once testing is complete, the new service will be made available to other libraries via the LOCKSS plug-in repository.

See http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/ETDsASERLLOCKSS20050711PR.pdf for additional details.

Additional Links

LOCKSS Homepage

Victoria Reich, Director
LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries
650-725-1134
vreich@stanford.edu