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 Endowed Preservation System  The gold standard for digital perservation.

DPN EXANODE  A quality, scalable preservation solution for extensive content such as audio and moving images.

Several graphs of key performance indicators are available for review. This information provides an on-going overview of content being preserved.

Content per node  Terabytes of content being preserved at each of the four nodes.

Content per month  Terabytes of content being preserved each month.

Bags per month  The number of bags being ingested each month.

The collective wisdom of 50-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. This section contains a growing collection of best practices for various aspects of digital preservation.

Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum  -  These modules are designed to equip participants with a set of skills and knowledge that will enable them to enact programmatic digital preservation within their organization and is focused on equipping organizations with the capability to implement and manage a digital preservation program.  (Download all files here.)

  • DPN Findings Briefing & Workshop Outline  (PDF)
  • Digital Preservation Workshop Curriculum  (PDF)
  • Module 1:  Programmatic Digital Preservation  (PowerPoint)
  • Module 2:  Selection  (PowerPoint)
  • Module 3:  Preparing for Submission  (PowerPoint)
  • Module 4:  Submission & Ingest  (PowerPoint)
  • Module 5:  Post Submission  (PowerPoint)
  • Module 6:  Sustainability  (PowerPoint)

Metadata Considerations for Deposits   An overview of the types of metadata that may be encountered and/or considered while preparing deposits for the Digital Preservation Network. Three areas are addressed: DPN-specific metadata, DuraCloud-specific metadata, and core descriptive metadata records.‚Äč

Evaluating Your DPN Metadata Approach  A guide to determine a metadata approach that is clear and self-evident and one that allows for recovery in the far future among unpredictable circumstances.

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.

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.

Planning Worksheet  A tool to help outline a plan that meets your needs.

Bylaws  These Bylaws constitute the bylaws of the DPN Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the management of Digital Preservation Network, LLC, d/b/a DPN.

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

Board Program Directions Committee

Charge: Examine and evaluate issues of membership, financial sustainability, and program development on behalf of the Board of Directors and DPN members. 

Staff Liaison: Mary Molinaro


  • Aaron Choate (advisor) – University of Texas at Austin
  • Dan Cohen – Northeastern University
  • Mike Furlough – HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Damon Jaggars – The Ohio State University
  • Carol Mandel, Chair – New York University
  • Robert McDonald (advisor) – Indiana University
  • Rosalyn Metz (advisor) – Emory University
  • Brian Schottlaender – University of California, San Diego
  • Winston Tabb – The Johns Hopkins University

Peer-to-Peer Pilot Committee

Charge: Explore processes and policies to support members with large data transfer and preservation needs. Assist DPN in refining its understanding of member requirements, services, and policies to support their activities.

Staff Liaison: Dave Pcolar


  • APTrust  (University of Virginia)
  • California Digital Library
  • Chronopolis  (University of California San Diego)
  • Indiana University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Mexico
  • New York University
  • The University of Texas at Austin  (Texas Digital Library)
  • The University of Texas at Austin  (Texas Advanced Computing Center)
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin

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


  • Moriah Caruso, Chair – University of Washington
  • Kevin Comerford – University of New Mexico
  • Jennifer Mullins – Dartmouth University
  • Simon O'Riordan – Emory University
  • Andrea Payant – Utah State University
  • Erin Wolfe – University of Kansas 

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


  • Julie Bell – Kansas State University
  • Karl Benedict, Chair – University of New Mexico
  • Aaron Choate – University of Texas at Austin
  • Christopher Jordan – Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Courtney Mumma – Texas Digital Library
  • Christopher Palazzolo – Emory University
  • Sibyl Schaeffer – Chronopolis/UCSD

Google Link   For committee members

Deposit Portal

Members may currently deposit assets into DPN via DuraCloud Vault (a cooperative development between DPN, DuraSpace and Chronopolis) or via APTrust.
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