SafeNet entering 2015

The image below presents a broad timeline for the SafeNet project.


Over the last couple of months, we have been considering the most appropriate architecture for a SafeNet service and have begun technical development of the entitlement registry.  We plan to show a prototype to the Entitlement Registry Development Group when it first meets in Spring 2015.

The project team is working to establish a process that results in an authoritative database, yet is sufficiently flexible to accommodate variation in subscription arrangements and minimizes the resource and effort required from publishers to participate.  In order to create an entitlement registry that can be useful within the next two years, we make a clear distinction between the process needed to capture current subscriptions information from that of gathering historical entitlement information. This will be explored in a future blog post.

There are technical challenges associated with ensuring that the publisher site is the first port of call post-cancellation and that requests are directed through SafeNet when content is not available from the publisher site.

In recent months we have consulted publishers on issues associated with the archive and the entitlement registry.  We have received important feedback about a local load agreement and considerable enthusiasm about the entitlement registry.  There is widespread agreement from librarians and publishers that an entitlement registry will be extremely valuable – and that the challenges associated with populating it, identified previously by the PECAN project, remain to be addressed.  There is currently no source of actionable data about subscriptions on which both publishers and librarians agree.  Libraries often have no record of the specific titles to which they have subscribed, and publishers tend to store access data and subscriptions data on separate systems neither of which is set up to publish these data.

We will seek advice on guidance on all of these issues from a Community Advisory Group (CAG) and Entitlement Registry Development Group (ERDG). In early 2015, we will invite members to join these groups. We expect to consult both groups remotely before the first face-to-face meetings scheduled to take place in Spring 2015.  Throughout 2015, we will be working on service platform development and, following our initial consultation with publishers, will seek to secure publisher participation in SafeNet.