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SPIE preserves digital library contents with the CLOCKSS Archive

19 January 2012

BELLINGHAM, Washington, and and REISTERSTOWN, Maryland, USA -- The CLOCKSS Archive and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are pleased to announce they have partnered to preserve the content of the SPIE Digital Library, the world's largest collection of optics and photonics literature, in the CLOCKSS dark archive. By archiving with CLOCKSS, SPIE has committed to the preservation of Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE Journals, and SPIE eBooks. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone should a "trigger event" occur that results in SPIE no longer providing access to the content and ensures an author's work will be maximally accessible and useful at any time in the future.

SPIE Director of Publications Eric Pepper noted, "SPIE believes that the community of researchers, educators, and students who are involved in the multidisciplinary fields of optics and photonics must have access to the literature of these fields in perpetuity. In fact, we are digitizing our earliest publications at this time in order to expand such access. Participation in CLOCKSS is part of our program to ensure this access into the future."

CLOCKSS Executive Director Randy S. Kiefer added, "The CLOCKSS Archive welcomes SPIE's publications covering light-based technologies into the community's archive. By archiving with CLOCKSS, SPIE has ensured that access to their publications which promote knowledge transfer, education and awareness of technology in optics and photonics will continue for all.  We are grateful, as SPIE joins the CLOCKSS Archive, for its generous willingness to preserve its journals, proceedings, and eBooks in a way that secures them for the long-term good of scholars worldwide."

The CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) Archive is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world's leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community. This archive consists of a geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. http://www.clockss.org.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. SPIE provided over $2.5 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.The SPIE Digital Library includes over 325,000 items from Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE Journals, and SPIE eBooks. http://spie.org.


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