First steps to integrating LOCKSS and SFX

With the February 2012 Monthly Update to SFX and the Daemon 1.53.3 release of LOCKSS it becomes possible to integrate two important services run by the Library: the OpenURL Resolver and the Digital Preservation system.

It is an important step in the Library’s ability to guarantee continuing access to the resources relied upon in the university for teaching and research.

As a test, a single journal: Advances in Acoustics and Vibration [1687-6261] has been activated. Clicking on this link opens a new window presenting a menu which links to copies of this journal accessible to people at this university. One set of web pages is provided by Hindawi: the publisher of the journal. The LOCKSS options points to a proxy site which holds copies of the Hindawi content, but only serves to to the user if the publisher site is down for some reason.

You can test this out if you are currently within the De Montfort University campus, but access to the LOCKSS collection is not available to people off-campus.

There are at present another 154 journals at DMU where LOCKSS has archived copies and the next stage will be to look at how to activate these as  options on the SFX menu screen.

The February monthly upgrade brought in a new LOCKSS target that SFX Administrators. This is inactive and unconfigured by default. So, if you have LOCKSS and SFX version 3 you would need to:

  1. Locate the LOCKSS target and make it active;
  2. Edit the Authentication field with a message like ‘On campus access only’;
  3. Click on the Service administration screen;
  4. Add the details of your LOCKSS server to the U/P configuration box. For DMU the HOST is  and the PORT is 8083;
  5. Activate the Service;

That gets SFX configured to access content via LOCKSS, now we need to attend to LOCKSS to make sure it is configured to serve content this way.

  1. Login as administrator to your LOCKSS Box;
  2. Go to the Content Access Options;
  3. Tick “enable content server on port” “;
  4. Set a value for the port that you wish to use for this option;
  5. Click on the ‘Update Content Servers’ button;
  6. Go to the Title List option in the LOCKSS menu;
  7. Request that the server prepare a list of Collected titles as a file you can open in a spreadsheet or display this on screen.

At this stage you also need UNIX Admin powers to edit the LOCKSS Firewall at /etc/sysconfig/iptables to enable access to the selected port.

All is set now to go back to the SFX Administation site and activate one of the journals included on the LOCKSS Title List report.

The next step (if all the above has worked for you) is to activate the rest of your LOCKSS titles in SFX. The most likely approach to this would be to convert the LOCKSS Title List output into something that SFX can handle in its DataLoader function.

About Philip Adams

Senior Assistant Librarian at De Montfort University. I am interested in digital preservation and the use of data to measure a library's impact. All comments own.
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