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Gale adds 3 to Portico

Too bad Gale didn’t announce this on the first day of CIL rather than the last. Better late than never, however.

Cengage Gale  and Portico, (part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA) announced that Gale will be preserving three additional digital historical collections with Portico: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author Online and Literature Criticism Online.  Gale had previously added ten other Gale Digital Collections to Portico—including 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, The Making of Modern Law: Primary Resources and Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale’s contributions representsover 80 million files (75 million pages of content), which doubled the size of the Portico archive in just one year.

Portico Adds Walter de Gruyter Titles


After yesterday’s talk by Ken DiFiore, I was intrigued to receive this press release from Portico. Here is an excerpt from it:

Portico, a digital preservation service for the scholarly community, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Walter de Gruyter to preserve 61 titles from its online journal collection.
Through this agreement with Portico, Walter de Gruyter ensures that the online version of these journals will be preserved and available for future scholars, researchers and students. Walter de Gruyter has named Portico as a mechanism to fill post-cancellation access claims and has also agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico.
With the inclusion of these Walter de Gruyter journals, over 7,900 e-journals and 4,400 e-books have now been entrusted to the Portico archive. The complete list of e-journals and a list of participating publishers are on the Portico site.
Marydee Ojala



LOCKSS and Portico


Patrick Newell, CSU Fresno, says LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) started at Stanford 10 years ago. It’s international, with many supporters. It’s open source, peer-to-peer, decentralized. It began with a question about how the internet changed the role of libraries from building, owning collections to leasing materials. Libraries are social and cultural. Print libraries have preservation built in. Multiple copies are scattered around the world, held under different legal and administrative regimes. That changed with the web. Users get stuff that libraries don’t hold. He notes that, during hurricane season, some of his users couldn’t access materials held at libraries in the hurricane zone. This means that our digital cultural and intellectual heritage is at risk. The goal of LOCKSS was to keep digital preservation inexpensive, have local copy of what you bought. There’s a YouTube video on configuring a LOCKSS box. Now it’s more explanation of how LOCKSS works. Content preserved by libraries LOCKSS becomes part of their collection. Even if they drop out of LOCKSS, they still own the materials.
Ken DiFiore, outreach librarian at Portico, is explaining how Portico fits into digital preservation. It’s a not for profit, it’s an archive, it’s an insurance policy for libraries. Libraries make annual archive support payment to help defray cast of long term preservation. Portico provides trusted, third party archive of electronic scholarly content and robust preservation service to protect content from technological obsolescence, fading human memory, and media deterioration. Libraries from 13 countries participate. He gives some short case studies about participating libraries.
Any type of library can participate, even corporate.

Marydee Ojala

Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals