The Digital Distributed Community Archive (the CLOCKSS Archive) has engaged the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to undertake an in-depth audit of the CLOCKSS preservation archive. CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world’s leading academic publishers and research libraries. The mission of CLOCKSS is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed, dark archive to ensure the long-term survival of web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community. The CLOCKSS Archive employs the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) technology to manage the preservation of content across the CLOCKSS global network of archive nodes.
CRL’s constituent academic and independent research libraries have a vested interest in the durability of the CLOCKSS Archive and in the integrity of its content. The audit, which begins in September 2013 and is expected to conclude in May 2014, will use the Trusted Repository Audit and Certification (TRAC) metrics, published in 2007 by the National Archives and Records Administration, Research Libraries Group, and CRL.
For more details about the audit procedures and for a roster of the Certification Advisory Panel, see the August 5 CRL news release, “CRL to Audit CLOCKSS.”