A comparative study of e-journal archiving solutions
The "e" of e-journals of course stands for "electronic". But there is a distinct danger that the "e" could equally come to mean "ephemeral" unless we take active steps to preserve the bits and bytes that increasingly represent our collective knowledge.
Although there are many obvious benefits that accrue from publishing and accessing academic journals on the internet, there are challenges associated with long term preservation and access which urgently need to be addressed.
A number of different initiatives and approaches are emerging. Right now, and for the near future, it is likely to present a confusing and not wholly reassuring picture to those professionals trying to make sense of what is happening and looking for simple, clear-cut guidelines. Different communities have differing perspectives and priorities, and there is a distinction to be drawn between libraries wanting to provide perpetual access to previously licensed material (as was always the case with printed journals), and preservation for its own sake.
A Comparative Study of e-Journal Archiving Solutions, by Terry Morrow, Neil Beagrie, Maggie Jones and Julia Chruszcz is now available. The study provides an overview of the archiving solutions currently available and the ‘pros and cons’ of each. This study will be a useful reference for all institutions that are planning to invest in well thought through and sustainable archiving solutions, in order to ensure that their current electronic collections, and access to them, will not be ephemeral but long lasting.