With our affiliation with eLanguage and its German IT infrastructure, the answer to the question of long-term preservation of the journal content has evolved. Here’s the info we have on that (from Jochen Schirrwagen, who is in charge of data management practices for eLanguage):
Strategy for the long-term preservation of eLanguage content
eLanguage is linked to the Digital Peer Publishing Platform (DiPP), which is operated by the Library Services Center (Hochschulbibliothekszentrum — HBZ) in Cologne.
The HBZ is taking several steps to assure the long-term preservation of e-journal content.
- All articles are (minimally) described via Qualified Dublin Core Metadata and are additionally assigned a persistent identifier (URN, DOI) to make the resources citeable and unique.
- Open Journal Systems (OJS), which is used by eLanguage, can act as an OAI data provider, as it includes an OAI-PMH interface. DiPP will harvest the meta data together with the full article content and ingest them in a Fedora repository.
- Following procedures for the persistent storage of scholarly content in Germany content from digital sources such as e-journals is further preserved with the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek).
Fedora meets fundamental requirements as a long-term preservation application, like versioning, checksum validation and audit trails of digital objects. Its flexible object model allows the storage of complex digital objects with any metadata format. Fedora is not only useful for archiving but offers a full service framework for digital objects. There are several working groups on Fedora, such as Preservation Services by Ron Jantz from Rutgers University.