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GPO joins LOCKSS: digital deposit a reality

According to yesterday’s press release, GPO has joined the LOCKSS alliance! The Stanford News Service also wrote a story about this historic event, complete with a goofy picture of yours truly 🙂

But what the GPO press release didn’t explain is that, as part of GPO’s participation in the LOCKSS Alliance, GPO will assist the LOCKSS-USDOCS project (which I’m organizing) in preserving content harvested from fdsys.gov in a geographically distributed network of digital archives. GPO has put LOCKSS permission statements (for example here, and here and here) throughout the FDsys.gov site in order for LOCKSS-USDOCS to harvest GPO content. LOCKSS-USDOCS — which is 18 libraries strong (including 4 regionals!) and growing — replicates key aspects of the FDLP in the digital environment and furthers the concept of “digital deposit,” an essential component of the digital FDLP.

We’re actively looking for other libraries to participate in the project, especially regionals. Together we can provide an essential digital preservation piece to the FDLP. Please contact me (jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu) with questions or interest.

–That is all.

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