The Scholars Portal Repository

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I am happy to report that CRL has certified Scholars Portal as a trustworthy digital repository for electronic journals.  Between January and July 2012 CRL conducted an audit of Scholars Portal on behalf of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), an organization representing 21 Canadian universities.  OCUL, which has been acquiring and managing digital content since 2002, is committed to the long-term preservation of scholarly resources for the benefit of future students and researchers.  

The CRL audit measured the compliance of Scholars Portal with internationally established criteria for trusted digital repositories, including the Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist1 (TRAC).   The detailed audit report is now available on the CRL website.

Our audit was guided by a certification advisory panel, whose members represent the major stakeholder populations of CRL and OCUL.  The members of the CRL Certification Advisory Panel for this audit were:

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

Barbara McDonald
Associate University Librarian
Brock University

Winston Atkins
Preservation Officer
Duke University

William Parod
Senior Repository Developer
Northwestern University Libraries

Pascal Calarco

Associate University Librarian,
Digital & Discovery Services
University of Waterloo

Anne Pottier
Associate University Librarian
McMaster University

Catherine Davidson

Associate University Librarian, Collections
York University Libraries

Oya Y. Rieger
Associate University Librarian for                        Information Technologies
Cornell University


Scholars Portal is of great interest to CRL because of the central role it plays in hosting and archiving e-journal collections subscribed to by Ontario universities, many of them CRL members.  The repository is a critical part of the infrastructure that protects the significant investment of these libraries in research materials. 

To date CRL has also audited and certified Portico, Chronopolis and HathiTrust as trustworthy digital repositories.   CRL certification, which entails continued monitoring and risk analysis on the repositories, is designed to support responsible and transparent stewardship of materials critical to research and teaching in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Bernard F. Reilly
President (2001-2019)
Center for Research Libraries