In a new ATG interview, Tom Gilson and Katina Strauch chat with Alicia Wise, Executive Director of CLOCKS.
ATG: When you accepted the position, you remarked that CLOCKSS was “an extremely important service”. For those who don’t know CLOCKSS and its mission, can you tell us why it’s so important? What essential services does CLOCKSS offer to players in the world of scholarly communications? Is there anything unique about these services?
AW: The mission of the CLOCKSS Archives is to ensure that scientific records remain available to humanity. Academics have worked so hard to advance knowledge, and their hard work is important to all of us and especially to academics who will build on this foundation in the future. Digital preservation is too big a job for just one organization, and even if it were possible, it’s too big a job to be given to just one organization, and therefore CLOCKSS’ community approach with, and more broadly, LOCKSS is inspiring.
At CLOCKSS, we focus on electronic publications. Initially that meant books and journals, but now it means books, journals and more. We preserve all the rich resources that underpin articles and books (think data, protocols, software, visualizations), as well as entirely new forms of research (think interactive scholar-led human resources published by academics or libraries).
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About Gary Price
Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.