DPN Meetings

August 2017 Membership Call Audio

If you were not able to participate in our August member call, you may find an audio file of the call at this link. The slides for our discussion can be found here. Some of the topics discussed were:

• Preservation Metadata Working Group update
• DPN website updates
• Peer to Peer Pilot


Digital Preservation Workflow Curriculum Now Available

In response to DPN members’ concerns around the issues of workflow for digital preservation, DPN worked with AVPreserve to develop a digital preservation workflow curriculum to share with DPN members and others in the digital preservation community. The curriculum is being released with a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Share Alike (CC-BY-SA) license. (License details here.)

This workshop curriculum will 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. The workshop modules present the requirements of a digital preservation ecosystem from two parallel viewpoints:  governance and program management as well as asset management.

Each of the six modules is estimated to require approximately two hours and it is suggested that the workshop take place over two full days. The modules are:

  • Enabling Programmatic Digital Preservation
  • Selection
  • Preparing for Submission
  • Submission & Ingest
  • Post-Submission
  • Sustainability

DPN is pleased to make this valuable curriculum available and only asks that terms of the CC-BY-SA license be observed. (Details here.) You may download the files here within our "best practices" section. We trust it will be an effective asset as organizations continue in the critical work of preserving the scholarly, historical, and cultural record for this and future generations.


News From DPN - July 2017

DPN’s Executive Director, Mary Molinaro, shares important news for the preservation community including: how members are working together to achieve solutions that can not be realized separately, encouragement to attend the annual NDSA conference in October, an article on trends in digital preservation capacity, and a couple of job opportunities. You may see all the details here.


Great Article: Trends in Digital Preservation Capacity & Practice

Results from the second bi-annual National Digital Stewardship Alliance Storage (NDSA) Survey have been published in D-Lib Magazine. The article, Trends in Digital Preservation Capacity and Practice, takes an in-depth look at the survey results and provides a thorough review of the digital preservation practices of memory institutions in the United States.


Peer-to-Peer Pilot

DPN members from eleven institutions are currently engaged in a Peer-to-Peer pilot to explore transfer and preservation needs for very large amounts of data. Deposits of petabytes of content will require solving a variety of complex issues. The challenges addressed in this pilot will inform many of the problematic aspects of digital preservation for the wider community.  This is pilot is a great example of DPN members working together to achieve solutions that cannot be realized separately. The results of this pilot will potentially inform the rollout of a solution of a DPN brokered service for members with very large collections.