CLOCKSS adds its 11th archive node in Italy

July 26, 2010, Stanford, CA – CLOCKSS is very pleased to announce that it has added an eleventh archive node to its network of worldwide, redundant, and distributed archive nodes.

The new node is hosted at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan, Italy. The node will store a complete version of the CLOCKSS archive content. Like all CLOCKSS nodes, it uses award-winning open-source LOCKSS technology to automatically and continually check with the other nodes, audit itself, and repair any differences. If content in the archive becomes no longer available from any publisher (“trigger” event), CLOCKSS will release the content and make it available for free to the entire world.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore also joins the CLOCKSS board, and will work alongside all participating publishers and libraries to decide on policies and best practices for the archive.

As Ellis Sada, Library Director at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, puts it, “The new CLOCKSS archive node at our university represents a way for all Italian academic and research libraries to join an international community and be actively involved in the process of long-term archiving.”

The archive node at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore brings the CLOCKSS network of archive nodes to a total of eleven (see list below). CLOCKSS node locations are selected to be geographically and geopolitically diverse, and housed at major libraries with many centuries of experience and continuity protecting the world’s scholarship.

Gordon Tibbitts, CLOCKSS Executive Director, said “We are grateful to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore for taking on this leadership role. At CLOCKSS, we believe that the best plan for very long term preservation is diversity, and putting our future in the hands of the university libraries who have preserved our scholarly heritage for centuries.”

The eleven CLOCKSS archive nodes are hosted at: Australian National University, Indiana University, National Institute of Informatics, Japan, OCLC Online Computer Library Center. Rice University, Stanford University, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, University of Alberta, University of Edinburgh, University of Hong Kong, University of Virginia

About Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The Università Cattolica is an academic community designed to contribute to the development of specified studies, scientific research, and the preparation of young adults for work and service in research, teaching, and work in public and private professional fields. The Università Cattolica approaches this goal through a superior academic education, joined with the basic principles of Christianity. http://www3.unicatt.it