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Report on Preservation of eprints

The final report on the preservation of eprints - Requirements and Feasibility Study on Preservation of eprints - is now available.

The initial focus of activity with eprints and institutional repositories has been on the process of establishing repositories, depositing articles and promoting discovery and access. There has also been an emphasis on encouraging the cultural change necessary for successful development of e-print repositories. However, if the e-print content of these repositories is to continue to be made available into the future, the concept of preservation needs to be bought into the equation.
This report, Requirements and Feasibility Study on Preservation of E-Prints, seeks to do just this, providing recommendations for further research and the development of services and tools to support the long-term preservation of UK e-print content, in the context of the JISC Information Environment (IE) and the JISC Continuing Access and Digital Preservation Strategy 2002-5. The report has 16 recommendations relating to file formats, preservation metadata, and national actions in the UK.

The report has been authored by Hamish James and Sheila Anderson of the Arts and Humanities Data Service, Raivo Ruusalepp of Estonian Business Archives and the SHERPA project Director, Stephen Pinfield after consultation and comments from colleagues active in this area. The authors add:
"Many thanks to colleagues in UK and internationally who contributed to the consultation and finalisation of the report."

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