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Path breaking partnership helps national library preserve thousands of e-journals for future generations


The British Library and Portico work together on e-journal deposit infrastructure

London, UK and New York, NY - June 19, 2013 The British Library and digital preservation specialist Portico announced today that they will be working together to ensure that thousands of electronic journal titles will be collected, preserved and made available to current and future generations of researchers.

The partnership will help the British Library—along with five other legal deposit libraries—to meet regulations that recently became law in the United Kingdom and that extend the practice of legal deposit from traditional print publications to non-print publications such as e-journals, blogs and websites in the UK web domain.

Portico will utilize its established workflow and processes to create standardized and uniform journal content that can be exported to the British Library. They have started with 1,500 journals from three publishers that are already preserving content with Portico. As necessary, Portico will develop new tools for processing additional publisher content.

The British Library and Portico began their work together through a pilot project in 2012. The two organizations developed their systems as part of the pilot and were thus able to “turn on” automatic delivery of content to the British Library as soon as legislation passed.

Alasdair Ball, head of Collection Acquisition and Description at the British Library said, “We’re delighted to be working with Portico, using their expertise and technical infrastructure to help us meet the requirements of the new regulations. By working with a respected and well-established provider we’ll gradually enable publishers to deposit their electronic journal content easily and securely, thereby ensuring that it’s collected, preserved and made accessible for future generations of researchers.”

“I am excited that together we have identified a way to ensure that the library community is able to use the same set of tools they’ve invested in through Portico to meet national digital preservation needs,” stated Kate Wittenberg, managing director, Portico.

About the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website – – every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.
The Legal Deposit Libraries are the British Library; National Library of Scotland; National Library of Wales; Bodleian Libraries; Cambridge University Library; Trinity College Library Dublin.

About Portico

Portico is a digital preservation service for e-journals, e-books and digitized historical collections. The Portico archive is certified as a “trustworthy digital repository” by the Center for Research Libraries; more than 16,000 e-journals, more than 175,000 e-books, and 74 d-collections have been entrusted to it. For a complete list of Portico-related facts and figures, please visit Portico Archive Facts & Figures.

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