Highwire is working to provide librarians with a cheap and effective way to preserve access to Web journals they have purchased. The talk will demonstrate the problem and discuss the design of this proposed solution. It is an attempt to model for the Web the way that libraries act to preserve information on paper over very long periods of time. It is a distributed, robust Web cache/archive with no hierarchy, no encryption, and no configuration data. Above all it is designed to operate extremely slowly.
About the speaker:
David S. H. Rosenthal is currently working at Stanford's Highwire Press, taking a break after two startups in six years. The first was Nvidia, which builds the best graphics chips in the industry, where he worked on I/O architecture. The second was Vitria Technology, which is a leading supplier of enterprise integration technology, where he worked on reliable multicast protocols and the problems of testing enterprise-scale distributed systems. Before that he was for many years a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems working on window systems and the operating system.
Vicky Reich is Assistant Director of Highwire Press, a librarian and one of the team that originally got Stanford into the business of publishing the Web editions of scientific journals. Before joining Stanford she worked at the Library of Congress.
David S.H. Rosenthal