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Thursday, 28th October 2010

Digital Preservation: Japanese Library Consortia Join CLOCKSS

From an Announcement by Gordon Tibbitts:

CLOCKSS is very pleased to announce that the two major academic library groups in Japan have joined the CLOCKSS archive: the Japanese Association of National University Libraries (JANUL) and the Private and Public University Libraries Consortia (PULC). JANUL consists of 92 libraries, while roughly 360 libraries are part of PULC. The National Institute of Informatics in Japan (NII), which is a CLOCKSS founding library and archive node, has been instrumental in bringing about this partnership and expanding the support for CLOCKSS to all academic libraries in Japan.

Jun Adachi, Professor and Director, Cyber Science Infrastructure Development Department of NII, and CLOCKSS Board of Director member, says, "We believe it is crucial for libraries located in the Asia Pacific region, and particularly Japan, to take an active role in preservation and have a voice in policies that affect us all. CLOCKSS gives us an opportunity to participate in this important international endeavor. Since joining the archive node in February 2010, NII has collaborated with CLOCKSS by leading an effort to facilitate the participation of Japanese
libraries. It is encouraging that we have gotten support this time from university libraries in Japan as a whole."

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CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world’s leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community.


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