CRL Releases CLOCKSS Audit Report

Friday, July 25, 2014
Marie Waltz -

The Center for Research Libraries has released the findings of its preservation audit, and has certified CLOCKSS as a trustworthy digital repository. The certification applies to the repository’s ability to preserve and manage digital content deposited with CLOCKSS by participating e-journal publishers as of May 2014. 

The audit report identifies one issue related to criteria from TRAC (Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist) that CLOCKSS will address to more fully satisfy the concerns of research library constituents. Moreover, to ensure continued certification, CLOCKSS has agreed to periodically make certain disclosures to CRL. The report also highlights some notable features of CLOCKSS operations that should be understood by stakeholders, as they may have a bearing on future repository services.  

In general, CRL’s review found the CLOCKSS program, with its simple and flexible technical architecture, to be particularly well suited to the rapidly evolving landscape of e-journal publishing and scholarly practice. In its audit CRL benefited from the advice and expertise of the following members of its Certification Advisory Panel: 

  • Perry Willett (Chair), Digital Preservation Services Manager, California Digital Library                 
  • Maliaca Oxnam, Associate Librarian, Digital Content and Services, University of Arizona
  • Winston Atkins, Preservation Officer, Duke University                 
  • Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Information Technologies, Cornell University
  • Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, Digital & Discovery Services, University of Waterloo