Ohio's Joint Electronic Records Repository Initiative

Project Partners
Ohio Historical Society
State Library of Ohio
Ohio Supercomputer Center
Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Project Work
Electronic Publications Pilot Project
Final Report

OCLC Digital Collection Management and Preservation Partnership

Project Management Team









Page Last Updated 3 May 2002

To appraise, preserve, and provide access to Ohio's electronic records of enduring historical value.

As more of Ohio's government services move on-line there will be an exponential increase in electronic records generated and stored on Ohio's public systems. JERRI is a comprehensive, cooperative response to the challenge of maintaining public access to state electronic records of enduring historical value.

Project Background
Discussion about the creation of an electronic archive began in October 1999. Since then the project partners have investigated the requirements and resources necessary for establishing an electronic archives in Ohio. These preliminary discussions included meetings with potential technical partners and with the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.

In May 2000 OHS submitted a grant proposal to the National Historical Publications and Records Committee (NHPRC) requesting federal funding to support the creation of the electronic archives. The proposal received funding with the condition that JERRI was funded by the State of Ohio.

In September 2000 DAS General Services Division submitted a two-year funding request for JERRI to begin a pilot implementation of the electronic archives. Managing partners included an item related to JERRI in their 02-03 budget requests. No funding was allocated for JERRI for the 02-03 budget cycle.

In September 2000 SLO requested funding for the Electronic Publications Pilot Project to develop tools that identify, retrieve and preserve the State's web based publications. Work on this grant project was completed in June 2001. Project partners are continuing their work through a partnership with OCLC's digital collection management and preservation project.

Questions or comments about JERRI?
Contact Charles Arp, State Archivist, at 614-297-2581 or