The CLOCKSS Archive and the ACM Partner To Preserve Digital Library of Computing Resources

The CLOCKSS archive is pleased to announce it’s newest publishing partner, the ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery), www.acm.org. By joining CLOCKSS archive community ACM ensures their digital collections are preserved in a trusted, reliable archive and that this important scholarly content will remain accessible to the world’s future scholars, researchers, and students.

The CLOCKSS archive is governed by the participating publishers and libraries. The distributed digital preservation approach uses Archive Nodes, which are housed at libraries selected to be the custodians of the archived content, and at institutions that have existed for decades, if not centuries. Archive nodes are located in geographically, politically, and geologically disparate locations in North America, Europe, and Asia., and supports the library’s role in society as a “custodian of culture.”

“Society publishers increasingly see the value of working with libraries to ensure that their materials remain as useful and available as possible over the very long term,” said Gordon Tibbits, CLOCKSS Co-Chair. “We are delighted to welcome ACM as the newest member of CLOCKSS, joining other world leading publishers and librarians who together set the strategy for long-term archiving in the best interest of the entire scholarly community.”

The ACM Digital Library comprises an online collection of more than two million pages of full-text articles from ACM publications as well as one of the most comprehensive bibliographic databases in the computing field. The ACM DL includes an index of more than 7 million references, 1.25 million citations, and over 500,000 journal articles. ACM’s full-text database consists of many of the highest impact titles in the computing field dating back to 1954, and includes content from ACM’s wide range of journals, magazines, conference proceedings, ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) newsletters, technical reports, and multimedia files.

CLOCKSS, or Controlled LOCKSS (for Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), runs on LOCKSS technology, which received an ACM Research Award in 2004.