Portico is a digital preservation service provided by ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.
Created in 2002, Portico was founded to build a sustainable digital archive to serve the academic community and to enable publishers and libraries to feel secure and to realize tangible benefits as they transitioned to greater reliance on digital content. Portico began as a project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further its seminal E-Journal Archiving Program. Today, Portico is among the leading digital preservation services in the world.
Portico is one of several initiatives at ITHAKA aimed at preserving the scholarly record. ITHAKA is also home to JSTOR, founded in 1995 to help libraries convert their print collections to digital format and to share the costs and responsibility for long-term preservation of that content, and to Ithaka S+R, a strategy and research group that focuses in part on providing libraries with strategic advice on how to manage their collections, locally and globally, and to move in a deliberate, systematic, and cost-effective way toward electronic-only collections.