Director, EDINA & Head of Data Library
University of Edinburgh
Perhaps the key task for research libraries is to ensure ease and continuity of access to both the record of scholarship and to the resources that scholarship requires. This talk will focus on that which is issued as streams of digital content, including but also going beyond what are readily recognized as journals, serials and the like and assigned an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN). Central to this is the Keepers Registry, which acts as a global monitor on what is known to be in the custody of organizations with archival intent, and (by subtraction) what we might worry is at risk of loss. This session will also include some discussion of threat and remedy for ‘reference rot,’ the evidential base for scholarly statement.