The CLOCKSS Archive is a dark archive of e-journal and e-book content, jointly managed by publishers and libraries, implemented using the LOCKSS technology and operated on behalf of the CLOCKSS not-for-profit by the LOCKSS team at the Stanford Library. For well over a year the LOCKSS team and CLOCKSS management have been preparing for and undergoing the Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification (TRAC) process for the CLOCKSS Archive with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
CRL just released the Certification Report on the CLOCKSS Archive. I'm happy to report that our work was rewarded with an overall score that equals the previous best, and the first ever perfect score in the "Technologies, Technical Infrastructure, Security" category. We are grateful for this wonderful endorsement of the LOCKSS technology.
In the interests of transparency the LOCKSS team have released all the non-confidential documentation submitted during the audit process. As you will see, there is a lot of it. What you see at the link is not exactly what we submitted. It has been edited to correct errors and obscurities we found during the audit, and to add material from the confidential part of the submission that we decided was not really confidential. These documents will continue to be edited as the underlying reality changes, to keep them up-to-date and satisfy one of the on-going requirements of the certification.
This is just a news item. In the near future I will follow up with posts describing the process of being audited, what we did to make the process work, and the lessons we learned that may be useful for future audits.
Update: the post describing the audit process is here and the post discussing the lessons to be drawn is here.