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Archiving Electronic Journals

Research Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Edited, with an Introduction, by Linda Cantara, Indiana University.


Digital Library Federation
Council on Library and Information Resources
Washington, DC.

Increasingly, scholarly journals are published electronically. What does it take to keep them accessible electronically in perpetuity? Can the property rights of publishers, the access responsibilities of libraries, and the reliability assurances that scholars need be reconciled in agreements to create archives of electronic journals? These series of studies examine various aspects of the challenges of archiving electronic journal content.

Ø Introduction [PDF]

Ø Cornell University Library: Project Harvest: Report of the Planning Grant For the Design of a Subject-Based Electronic Journal Repository [PDF]

Ø Harvard University Library: Report on the Planning Year Grant For the Design of an E-journal Archive [PDF]

Ø MIT University Library: DEJA: A Year in Review. Report on the Planning Year Grant For the Design of a Dynamic E-journal Archive [PDF]

Ø New York Public Library: Archiving Performing Arts Electronic Resources:
A Planning Project

Ø University of Pennsylvania Library: Report On A Mellon-Funded Planning Project For Archiving Scholarly Journals [PDF]

Ø Stanford University Libraries: Lockss: A Distributed Digital Archiving System - Progress Report For The Mellon Electronic Journal Archiving Program [PDF]

Ø Yale University Library: The Yale Electronic Archive: One Year of Progress: Report on the Digital Preservation Planning Project [PDF]

Ø Appendix I: Minimum criteria for an archival repository of digital scholarly journals. [PDF]

Ø Appendix II: E-Journal Archive DTD Feasibility Study: a report commissioned by Harvard University from Inera, Inc. on the feasibility of developing a common archival article DTD. [PDF]

Background Documents


In early 2000, the DLF, CLIR, and CNI began to address these questions with a view to facilitating some practical experimentation in digital archiving. In a series of three meetings -- one each for librarians, publishers, and licensing specialists, respectively -- the groups managed to reach consensus on the minimum requirements for e-journal archival repositories.

Building on that consensus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation solicited proposals from selected research libraries to plan the development of e-journal repositories meeting those requirements. Seven major libraries received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, including the New York Public Library and the university libraries of Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Pennsylvania, Stanford, and Yale.

Yale, Harvard, and Pennsylvania worked with individual publishers on archiving the range of their electronic journals. Cornell and the New York Public Library worked on archiving journals in specific disciplines. MIT's project involved archiving "dynamic" e-journals that change frequently, and Stanford's involved the development of specific archiving software tools.

Ø Progress Reports [2001]

Ø Papers presented to an initial meeting of the program participants, 6 February 2001.

Ø Grant applications [2000]

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