CLOCKSS Audit Report 2018

CLOCKSS: About the Audit Participants


CLOCKSS ( is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization, incorporated in the State of California.  CLOCKSS operates as a joint venture based at Stanford University and supported by academic publishers and research libraries.  A Board of Directors, whose members are drawn in equal numbers from the supporting libraries and participating publishers, is the organization’s governing body.  An Executive Director directs the work of CLOCKSS staff.  The organization develops and maintains a geographically distributed, dark archive that preserves web -based scholarly publications.  CLOCKSS uses the LOCKSS technology, developed at Stanford, to preserve e-journal and e-book content for publishers and the academic community to prevent loss of that content in the event that direct access from the publisher is discontinued for any reason.  CLOCKSS also delivers archived content back to its original publisher on request in the event of data loss by the publisher.

Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries ( ) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries.  CRL supports advanced research and learning in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by ensuring the survival, integrity, and accessibility of source materials vital to those disciplines.  In order to enable its community to accelerate the shift to electronic-only resources in a cautious and responsible manner, CRL both preserves and maintains the shared physical collections of materials and evaluates digital repositories of interest to its community. Analysis of CLOCKSS documentation and operations was undertaken by CRL staff.  Additional technical support for assessment of the CLOCKSS repository systems and architecture was provided by James A.  Jacobs.

CRL CLOCKSS Certification Advisory Panel

To guide its CLOCKSS audit CRL enlisted a panel of advisors representing the various sectors of the academic research libraries world.  The Certification Advisory Panel included leaders in collection development, preservation, library administration, and digital information technology, and is so constituted as to ensure that the certification process addresses the interests of the entire CRL community.  

The members of CRL’s CLOCKSS Certification Advisory Panel were:

Perry Willett (Chair)
Digital Preservation Services Manager
California Digital Library

Maliaca Oxnam
Associate Librarian, Digital Content and Services (DCS)
University of Arizona

Winston Atkins
Preservation Officer
Duke University

Oya Y. Rieger
Senior Advisor, Ithaka S+R | arXiv Program Director, Cornell University

Pascal Calarco
Associate University Librarian, Digital & Discovery Services
University of Waterloo