On 19th April, the latest major version of LOCKSS was released.
This is an exciting release for us as several significant new developments will help LOCKSS to realise its long-term potential. Along with bug fixes and a few tweaks to the user interface, LOCKSS 1.48 introduces the ability to serve content based on OpenURL queries against the metadata extracted from preservable content. Given a request using an URL, a DOI, or OpenURL parameters, the content will be served from local holdings if it has been collected. If it is not available locally, or the publisher has made available a newer version, the user will be redirected to the online copy.
To support this process, fundamental metadata that was lacking in some records has been filled in with the help of the ISSN International Centre. A new tool allows title-level metadata listing the complete holdings available in LOCKSS to be exported in the industry-standard KBART format. The next version will provide the option to export only the holdings preserved in a particular machine. The export is available either in CSV format for import into a spreadsheet or library systems, or in a customisable HTML format which is useful for online browsing and searching. Link resolver vendors such as Serials Solutions (360 Link) and Ex Libris (SFX) are working with us to include the exported LOCKSS holdings data in their Knowledge Bases and to develop the components required to support OpenURL resolution to LOCKSS.
Additionally, a new metadata extraction framework supports the building of a database of article-level bibliographic information from preserved content.
The full release notes are at http://www.lockss.org/lockss/Daemon_Release_Notes.
Machines which are configured for automatic updates (as described on page 41 of the LOCKSS on Linux Install Instructions) should already have this version installed. You can see your current version in the footer of your LOCKSS user interface.
UKLA Members’ Workshop
We are also excited to be demonstrating the new features, in particular content serving, at the UK LOCKSS Alliance Workshop which is occurring on 10th May 2011 in York. Full details are available at http://edina.ac.uk/events/booking/uklamembersmgtg-may2011.html. Registration is officially closed but if you haven’t signed up and would like to attend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop will include discussion of current and future developments and will be a chance to share user experiences and get involved in planning for the LOCKSS boxes of the future.