Sun Microsystems and Stanford University Libraries Awarded Grants for Digital Archiving Program Open Sourced Java(TM) Technology Providing Trustworthy Access and Preservation

For Publishers and Libraries



    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:   SUNW) and Stanford University today announced the
 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have
 independently awarded two new, two year grants totaling almost $3 million to
 the LOCKSS ("Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") Program.  The LOCKSS program is
 a joint undertaking of Sun Microsystems Laboratories and Stanford University
 Libraries to develop a secure, reliable system which safeguards and preserves
 access to digital publications.
     The LOCKSS system is designed to make it feasible and affordable, even for
 smaller libraries, to preserve access to the e-journals to which they
 subscribe, and safeguard their community's access to them.  Individual
 libraries can also monitor the level of redundancy within the system.  A total
 of 49 libraries, including the Library of Congress are currently running Linux
 systems with the LOCKSS software as part of a long-term test.
     "We are immensely grateful to our several supporters for recognizing the
 potential of LOCKSS to serve libraries and publishers as part or all of a
 comprehensive digital archive methodology," said Michael A. Keller, Stanford
 University Librarian.  "This joint program between Sun and Stanford is a fine
 example of academic-industry cooperation; Sun has not only provided funds, but
 has made its brilliant engineering talent available to the project."
 
     Individual Grants Support Development and Resources
     As part of its program in support of electronic journal archiving, the
 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant is intended to support the production,
 development and implementation of distributed electronic journal archives
 through LOCKSS.  Partner institutions for this aspect of the program include,
 Emory University, Indiana University and New York Public Library.
     The National Science Foundation and Sun Microsystems Laboratories plan to
 continue funding core technology development, focusing on the peer-to-peer
 (P2P), fault-tolerant aspects of the system.  Both organizations have funded
 previous phases of the LOCKSS Program.  The two new grants cover Stanford's
 participation in the program, coordinating with Sun's concurrent research.
     "By helping Stanford to build the Open-Source LOCKSS software we hope to
 allow organizations anywhere to preserve pertinent journal literature to which
 they have subscribed," said Dr. James Mitchell, vice president and director of
 Sun Laboratories.  "Researchers and scholars can't afford to get incorrect
 information or lose access to it; LOCKSS is designed to ensure the full
 functionality of online documents at a low cost which is important especially
 in University and Government settings."  Mitchell added, "With this program,
 we are interested in researching peer-to-peer fault tolerance, system
 integrity, distributed archiving, and related subjects.  The collaboration and
 implementation of the LOCKSS system also provides a valuable test-bed for our
 research."
 
     About LOCKSS
     The LOCKSS ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") project was initiated in
 October 1998 and headed by Sun Distinguished Engineer David Rosenthal, who has
 been deeply involved with the conceptual and practical development of the
 LOCKSS system and its communication protocol, known as LCAP.  Based on
 Java(TM) technology and Linux, the LOCKSS system was created as an open-
 source, easy to use, distributed system, which runs on low-cost computers
 without central administration.  Designed as an Internet appliance, the LOCKSS
 system preserves access to authoritative versions of web-published materials,
 applying contemporary automation to the old idea of preventing loss by
 multiplying copies.  The PC runs an enhanced web cache that collects new
 issues of the e-journal and continually compares its contents with other
 caches on other participating computers. If files have been corrupted or
 altered, they can be repaired or replaced with intact copies from the
 publisher or from other caches.
 
     The LOCKSS program is currently in a worldwide beta test focused on
 integrity, usability, and software performance, including impact on network
 traffic.  The beta software has been released as open source, and is available
 on http://sourceforge.org .  More information about LOCKSS can be found at
 http://lockss.stanford.edu .  Further description of the beta test and a full
 list of participants is available at
 http://lockss.stanford.edu/projectstatus.htm .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide
 Web at http://www.sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, and The Network Is The
 Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in
 the United States and in other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Carrie Motamedi of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 650-786-0171, or
 carrie.motamedi@sun.com; or Vicky Reich of Stanford University, 650-725-1134,
 or vreich@stanford.edu.
 
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SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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