Storing e-text for centuries

Someone writes Story On LOCKSS.

Vicky Reich and David Rosenthal, respectively a librarian and a researcher at Stanford University are using existing technology to imitate an important function of libraries. They want to ensure that readers will still be able to access electronic academic journals even centuries after they have been published.

Their project, called LOCKSS [](short for “lots of copies keep stuff safe”), addresses a vexing problem that librarians face everywhere. Increasingly, academic journals are published online; many are not even available in print. As a result, libraries are losing the option of maintaining local collections—but are leery of discontinuing paper subscriptions.