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ICSTI: UK Universities Continuous Availability strategy

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  • Subject: ICSTI: UK Universities Continuous Availability strategy
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 17:06:23 GMT

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Subject: UK Universities Continuous Availability strategy
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 11:09:30 -0000
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>

>From the UK Digital Preservation Coalition - Neil Beagrie

The JISC (UK Higher Education Joint Information Systems Committee)
Continuing Access and Digital Preservation Strategy 2002-5 is now available
 on the JISC Website and replaces the interim strategy approved in November

The Strategy was adopted by JISC in October 2002. It suggests the role JISC
should play on behalf of the funding councils and institutions, in a national
 digital preservation programme over the next 3 years.

There are three major aspects outlined in the strategy:

1. JISC as a central resource helping to promote, support and develop the
management and preservation of institutional and community digital materials
for the benefit of UK HE and FE and research through:

JISC national collections and services; preservation risk assessments of JISC
services and collections;
Development of secure long-term repositories for the assets it has developed
 on behalf of the community; advocacy; strategic advice;
Dissemination of good practice and transferable experience; supporting tools
and training programmes;
Development of standards, cost and business models.

2. JISC as a partner for the Research Councils, Arts and Humanities Research
Board, and other bodies, both national and international, in developing
 services for the sector or cross-sectoral initiatives in digital

3. JISC as an institution and role model ensuring:
good practice is followed for materials created or managed by JISC;
appropriate grant conditions for JISC-funded creation of digital resources.

Details of the development programme and projects to implement the strategy
are also being added to the site and will be announced separately.

The Executive summary is at

The full document is at



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