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Libraries and Publishers Join Forces


CLOCKSS A Trusted Community-Governed Archive Libraries and Publishers Join Forces In 2006, the world's largest scholarly publishers and top research libraries, challenged by the responsibility to preserve the digital assets of the community, joined forces to build a global dark archive that keeps scholarship in the hands of the community. Today, CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) is a not-for-profit organization run by all participating publishers and libraries. The founding members invite libraries and publishers to help build the archive and move the community’s interests forward.

Why Participate in CLOCKSS?


  • Open access: Content no longer available from any publisher ("triggered content") is available for free. CLOCKSS uniquely assigns this abandoned and orphaned content with a creative commons license to ensure that it remains available, forever.
  • Community governed: The archive is managed by, and for, its stakeholders, not a third party. Publishers and librarians have equal say in deciding procedures, priorities, and when to trigger content.
  • Distributed preservation: With 12 archive nodes around the world, CLOCKSS's decentralized, geopolitically diverse preservation model ensures that the digital assets of the community will survive intact.
  • Low cost: CLOCKSS keeps costs as low as possible, so that institutions of all sizes and budgets can participate.