This conference season encourage publishers to make their content
LOCKSS is a potential solution to the problem of preserving and
archiving electronic serial literature. Libraries that run a LOCKSS box
can collect, own, and preserve for the long term a copy of the
electronic serials they subscribe to, but only if the publishers give
permission. For more information about LOCKSS see:
Many publishers have said they will give permission, but fewer have
added the necessary permission pages to their web sites allowing LOCKSS
computers access. Apparently publishers are not following through
because the library community has not expressed an interest.
While LOCKSS is not necessarily open source software, the underlying
principles of LOCKSS -- the uninhibited access to data and information
-- are the same as the principles of open source software.
When you see your publisher friends this conference season, please
encourage them to make their content LOCKSS-able.
Eric Lease Morgan
Head, Digital Access and Information Architecture Department
University Libraries of Notre Dame