We invite you to explore the specifics that will be useful in making the most of your DPN membership. Below you will find technical specifications, templates for deposit and service level agreements, sample press releases for local use, details about various services, and more.

A variety of documents about the underlying technology of DPN and the architecture of the network are available for review. If you have any specific technical questions that are not addressed in this section, please do not hesitate to contact our Chief Technical Officer.

DPN Glossary  Definitions and context of specific terms.

File Packaging Format (BagIt bags)  Specifications for the DPN implementation of a Library of Congress based format, supporting disk-based storage and network transfer of digital content.

Ingestion and Replication Diagram  The functional components and operational services of the DPN architecture are shown in this illustration.

Node Requirements  An overview of responsibilities, operations, services, and other considerations for Nodes within the network.

Node Communication Architecture  Information on the inter-node communication mechanism.

The documents and/or links in this section provide an overview of the services that are available to DPN members.

DPN & Node Services  Benefits provided to DPN members

The collective wisdom of 60-plus organizations is a significant asset from which members may draw as they work to preserve the cultural, historical, and scholarly record for future generations. As we collect best practices for various aspects of our work we will make them available here.
This section contains a variety of information for you to learn more about DPN and a number of resources for your use.

An Introduction to DPN  This two-page pdf is a helpful primer on the need for DPN, the solution, and how it operates.

Membership Explained   A brief overview of included deposit levels and future membership levels.

DPN's Core Principles   The seven foundational principles of DPN.

Sample press release  Adapt this generic release for your local use.

FAQ Forum  This Google group is available to exchange information and clarify policies and operational issues.

Organizational Design of DPN  This historical document (June 2014) discusses the transitional leadership structure that was designed to evaluate the needs and to make recommendations for building out the next stage of DPN.

Deposit Portal

Members may currently deposit assets into DPN via DuraCloud Vault (a cooperative development between DPN, DuraSpace and Chronopolis) or via APTrust.
More Information
DPN is a highly collaborative community and relies on the expertise and experience of its membership in a number of ways. These current groups, comprised of members who serve one to three-year staggered terms, are working diligently to move DPN forward.

Advisory Committee

Charge: Takes recommendations coming forward from the Member Committees and considers them as a whole. Provides recommendations to DPN staff and identifies issues that need to be considered by the DPN Board of Directors.

Staff Liaison: Mary Molinaro


  • Aaron Choate – University of Texas at Austin
  • Barb Sagraves – Dartmouth College
  • Holly Mercer – University of Tennessee
  • Rosalyn Metz – Emory University 
  • Jon Nichols – University of Minnesota
  • Shawn Nicholson – Michigan State University
  • Tracy Seneca – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Marcia Stockham – Kansas State University
  • Evviva Weinraub – Northwestern University

Google Link   For committee members

Heavy User Committee

Charge: Review the issues around transfer of large data files and costs associated with preservation within DPN architecture.

Staff Liaisons: Dave Pcolar & Steve Morales


  • Daniel Johnson – University of Iowa 
  • Tawnya Keller – University of Utah
  • Robert H. McDonald, chair – Indiana University
  • David Millman – New York University
  • Jon Nichols – University of Minnesota

Google Link   For committee members

Membership Committee

Charge: Propose membership models for engagement with DPN.

Staff Liaison: Mary Molinaro


  • Philip Konomos, chair – Arizona State University
  • Stephen Davison – California Institute of Technology
  • Harish Maringanti – University of Utah
  • Lars Meyer – Emory University
  • Kristi Park – Texas Digital Library/UT Austin
  • Paul A. Soderdahl – University of Iowa

Google Link   For committee members

Preservation Metadata Standards Committee

Charge: Outline the metadata standards that DPN will follow for digital preservation.

Update: In August 2016, Drew Krewer published this summary of the committee's primary deliverables and their status.

Staff Liaison: Dave Pcolar

Kevin Comerford – University of New Mexico
Ben Goldman – Pennsylvania State University
Drew Krewer, chair – University of Houston
Jonathan Markow - DuraSpace
Jenny Mullins – Dartmouth College
Moriah Neils – University of Washington
Simon O'Riordan – Emory University
Liz Woolcott – Utah State University 

Google Link   For committee members

Pricing Committee

Charge: Annually review the membership and per TB costs associated with running DPN. Receive information from the membership committee and the technical advisory committee to help in decision making.

Staff Liaison: Steve Morales


  • Stephen Abrams – California Digital Library
  • Stephen Davison – California Institute of Technology
  • Brad Englert – University of Texas, Austin
  • Dean Krafft – Cornell University
  • Steven Smith – University of Tennessee
  • Mary Beth Thomson – University of Kentucky

Google Link   For committee members

Services Committee

Charge: Plan and develop the future course of service offerings through DPN, as well as serving key insight into the membership and the needs of the preservation community at large.

Staff Liaison: Mary Molinaro


  • Kevin J. Comerford – University of New Mexico
  • Greg Davis – Iowa State University
  • Heidi Dowding – Indiana University
  • Nathan Hall, chair – Virginia Tech
  • Rosalyn Metz – Stanford University
  • Sibyl Schaefer – Chronopolis / UCSD
  • Ryan Steans – Texas Digital Library

Google Link   For committee members

Technical Advisory Committee

Charge: Provide input and prioritize development and integration efforts. Evaluate tools in use at member institutions and assess possibilities for integration with DPN workflows and processes. Recommend new tools and processes to implement sustainable practices.

Staff Liaison: Dave Pcolar


  • Isaiah Beard – Rutgers University  
  • Julie Bell – Kansas State University
  • Karl Benedict – University of New Mexico
  • Christopher Palazzolo – Emory University

Google Link   For committee members