EDINA and the ISSN International Centre are pleased to announce the publication of Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record. This statement outlines the actions now required to tackle the evolving challenges of preserving and ensuring the long-term accessibility of digital scholarship.




Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record addresses publishers, research libraries and national libraries, and sets out a series of recommended activities that they can undertake to support archiving and preservation initiatives. It represents the consensus of the preservation specialists, archivists, librarians and technologists who participated in an invited workshop held as part of the Keepers Extra project in Paris on the 6th and 7th of June 2016.


The Keepers Extra project (2014-16) is a Jisc investment designed to support and enhance community activity around the Keepers Registry, a Jisc service at EDINA.  The Keepers Registry provides the freely available means to discover which e-journals are being archived by participating ‘Keeper’ archiving agencies, and thereby helps to highlight those e-journals for which no arrangement is on record.


The Keepers network, the community of practitioners who contribute to the registry are committed to acting as the stewards of digital content and will work to support and encourage the actions identified in this statement. 


Together, we invite others to support this call to action. If you or your organisation wishes to endorse this statement please write to edina@ed.ac.uk.





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The Keepers Registry is an online service jointly developed and operated by EDINA at the University of Edinburgh and the ISSN International Centre. It is financially supported by Jisc  for the benefit of scholarship internationally, providing a global monitor on the preservation coverage of e-serials and highlights journal content that is at risk of loss. The Keepers are the participating archiving agencies that act as stewards of digital content: there are currently twelve participating agencies. Each agency runs an initiative for the archiving of e-journals and is making metadata on the journals in their initiative available to the Keepers Registry. http://thekeepers.org/registry.asp?action=about


EDINA, a Jisc centre for digital expertise & online service delivery at the University of Edinburgh, develops and delivers online services and digital infrastructure for UK research and education. Contributed as part of the ‘Jisc Family’, these are both high quality and cost-effective, drawing upon knowledge and expertise gained through research, innovation and development.  http://edina.ac.uk/about/ 


The ISSN International Centre, established through agreement between UNESCO and the French Government, has the aim of introducing and operating an automated system for the registration of serials and maintains the ISSN Register. The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an eight-digit number that identifies periodical publications, including electronic serials.  http://www.issn.org/


Jisc are the UK higher education, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions, and are investing in the Keepers Registry as a core service offering to the Higher Education community.  http://www.jisc.ac.uk



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