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for this and future generations.

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The Digital Preservation Network

The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) is a membership organization focused on developing solutions to meet the challenges of long-term preservation of academic and cultural heritage digital assets. The large-scale digital preservation services developed by DPN are built to last beyond the life spans of individuals, technological systems, and organizations. DPN provides members of the academy and their successors with assurance that future access to their scholarly resources will be available in the event of disruptive change in administrative or physical institutional environments. By working together, DPN members are collaboratively solving issues that have been difficult to achieve separately.  Learn More

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“There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inactions.”

John F. Kennedy

“DPN is filling a vital strategic need for the long-term preservation of scholarship and research like no other service or program can. DPN is key to secure the intellectual capital of our campus for current and future generations of scholars, students, and citizens."

Steven Smith
Dean of Libraries
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

"DPN is an essential element of UC San Diego’s strategic planning for digital asset management. By leveraging DPN’s long-term preservation infrastructure, we can be confident that UCSD’s intellectual output will be preserved for the next generation of scholars."

Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian
UC San Diego

"Virginia Tech’s digital resources are used in-depth and across the globe, as evidenced by our top 20 worldwide digital repository ranking from Webometrics. We see DPN becoming a key piece of the core infrastructure necessary for ensuring access to our important digital scholarly materials."

Tyler Walters
Dean, University Libraries
Virginia Tech University

“…let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident.”

Thomas Jefferson

Our Board of Directors

DPN is governed by an outstanding collection of university presidents and chancellors, chief information officers, librarians and industry leaders. President of Indiana University Michael McRobbie has chaired the board since DPN’s inception and his passion for preserving the scholarly record is infectious. Our board members routinely interface with international leaders in research, academia, industry, and government, and are eager to bring their experience to bear in order to ensure that the Digital Preservation Network develops successful solutions for future generations.

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Michael McRobbie
President, Indiana University | DPN Board Chair

Our Collaborative Approach

The Digital Preservation Network is a membership organization that was conceived and developed by a group of academic institutions in response to a growing concern that the digital scholarship and cultural heritage materials of today are not being preserved for scholars of tomorrow. The work in developing various technical infrastructures, establishing governance, developing a robust business model, and developing legal agreements, has been undertaken by a partnership among the Board of Directors, repository managers across the country, DPN member committees and DPN staff.

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August 2017 Membership Call Audio

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News From DPN - July 2017

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Upcoming Events

DPN September Member Conference Call Sep 20, 2017
RDA Tenth Plenary Meeting Sep 19, 2017  |  Montreal, Canada
IASA 2017 Annual Conference Sep 17, 2017  |  Berlin, Germany
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