As the scholarly community has become increasingly reliant upon scholarly resources published in electronic form, the importance of developing a production-level archive has become more and more urgent. In response to this need, JSTOR initiated the Electronic-Archiving Initiative in 2002 with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The charge of the Electronic-Archiving Initiative was to build a sustainable electronic archiving model, and for more than two years, project staff have worked on the development of the necessary technology and engaged in extensive discussions with publishers and libraries to craft an approach that balances the needs of the community while providing sufficient funding for the archive. Portico, a new electronic archiving service introduced earlier this year, is the result of this effort. Portico’s mission is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers and students. This briefing will provide an overview of the model developed by Portico and will provide an update on Portico’s activities and progress.
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