Film, Video Portico: A New Electronic Archiving Service

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Portico: A New Electronic Archiving Service
Eileen Fenton of the nonprofit electronic archiving service Portico discussed the social and technical challenges concerning the archiving of electronic journals and other scholarly resources. For more than a decade, scholarly publishers have been creating electronic journals in response to demands from libraries and scholars for innovative information resources. Even as these electronic resources have become a significant part of the scholarly record upon which future students and researchers must rely, it has remained unclear precisely how these resources will be preserved for the long term. Portico is developing a new community-based approach to solving the problem of preserving these materials. Portico is being developed by Ithaka, a nonprofit organization that provides a range of services to assist in the creation and development of promising new projects that benefit higher education. The service is building upon extensive input gathered from commercial and not-for-profit publishers and libraries to develop a sustainable technical infrastructure and an economically sustainable business model for a continuing archiving service for scholarly resources published in electronic form, beginning with electronic scholarly journals. Portico ( began as the Electronic-Archiving Initiative in 2002 and was launched as Portico in 2005 with initial support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JSTOR and the Library of Congress.
Event Date
May 10, 2006
-  Eileen Fenton is executive director of Portico.
Running Time
45 minutes 11 seconds
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