CLOCKSS: Mandatory Responsibilities

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CLOCKSS: Mandatory Responsibilities

OAIS Mandatory Responsibilities

Section 3.1 of the OAIS standard describes the mandatory responsibilities thus:

The OAIS shall:
  • Negotiate for and accept appropriate information from information Producers.
  • Obtain sufficient control of the information provided to the level needed to ensure Long Term Preservation.
  • Determine, either by itself or in conjunction with other parties, which communities should become the Designated Community and, therefore, should be able to understand the information provided, thereby defining its Knowledge Base.
  • Ensure that the information to be preserved is Independently Understandable to the Designated Community. In particular, the Designated Community should be able to understand the information without needing special resources such as the assistance of the experts who produced the information.
  • Follow documented policies and procedures which ensure that the information is preserved against all reasonable contingencies, including the demise of the Archive, ensuring that it is never deleted unless allowed as part of an approved strategy. There should be no ad-hoc deletions.
  • Make the preserved information available to the Designated Community and enable the information to be disseminated as copies of, or as traceable to, the original submitted Data Objects with evidence supporting its Authenticity.

CLOCKSS Mandatory Responsibilities

The CLOCKSS archive is a dark archive, which affects its Mandatory Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate for and accept appropriate information from information Producers.
  • Obtain sufficient control of the information provided to the level needed to ensure Long Term Preservation.
  • Determine, either by itself or in conjunction with other parties, which communities should become the Designated Community and, therefore, should be able to understand the information provided, thereby defining its Knowledge Base.
    • The CLOCKSS archive has done so. The Designated Community and other Interested Parties are defined in CLOCKSS: Designated Community.
    • The Knowledge Base implied by this definition and the necessary Representation Information are described in Definition of AIP.
  • Ensure that the information to be preserved is Independently Understandable to the Designated Community. In particular, the Designated Community should be able to understand the information without needing special resources such as the assistance of the experts who produced the information.
    • It is the publisher's responsibility, not that of the CLOCKSS archive, to ensure that the journal articles and e-books they submit for preservation are understandable without the assistance of the authors.
    • If content from the CLOCKSS archive is ever triggered, the process for delivering it to the readers in the CLOCKSS: Designated Community is described in CLOCKSS: Extracting Triggered Content. It may involve the processes described in LOCKSS: Format Migration.
  • Follow documented policies and procedures which ensure that the information is preserved against all reasonable contingencies, including the demise of the Archive, ensuring that it is never deleted unless allowed as part of an approved strategy. There should be no ad-hoc deletions.
  • Make the preserved information available to the Designated Community and enable the information to be disseminated as copies of, or as traceable to, the original submitted Data Objects with evidence supporting its Authenticity.

Change Process

Changes to this document require:

  • Review by LOCKSS Engineering Staff
  • Approval by LOCKSS Chief Scientist

Relevant Documents

  1. OAIS (2012) CCSDS 650.0-M-2: Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). Magenta Book. Issue 1. June 2012 (ISO 14721:2003) http://public.ccsds.org/publications/archive/650x0m2.pdf accessed 2013.08.31
  2. Definition of SIP
  3. Definition of AIP
  4. CLOCKSS: Extracting Triggered Content
  5. CLOCKSS: Ingest Pipeline
  6. CLOCKSS: Designated Community
  7. LOCKSS: Format Migration
  8. CLOCKSS: Threats and Mitigations