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Sun, Stanford, and NSF Collaborate on Permanent Electronic Publishing Solution

Magazine article Information Today

Sun, Stanford, and NSF Collaborate on Permanent Electronic Publishing Solution

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Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Stanford University have announced that they are joining forces to develop a permanent electronic publishing solution designed to enhance the value and ensure the sustainability of electronic publications. This collaboration, also funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), addresses an issue libraries worldwide are facing as they strive to deliver thousands of valuable Internet resources to faculty, students, and researchers: the preservation of Web-published academic material. Several universities and libraries will be testing the solution this year. Upon completion, the solution will be made available for free download at Stanford's Web site.

"One of the biggest problems facing academic libraries today is creating online publications with the staying power of traditional hard-copy books and journals. Together, Stanford, Sun, and NSF are developing a solution which will make it possible to maintain electronic academic publications and library collections over long periods of time," said Michael Keller, chief librarian at Stanford University and publisher at HighWire Press.

Traditionally, libraries preserve access to documents via decentralized, distributed, highly replicated storage and management methods. …

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