Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Alliance for Permanent Access (APA). (2010). [website] Retrived from

        Dedicated exclusively to Digital Preservation, The Alliance for   

Permanent Access is a European organization whose members include national and pan-European research organizations, research support organizations such as data centers and archives, libraries and publishers, and research funders. Its members provide support for the whole lifecycle of scientific research in Europe. Their main impetus is the sharing and interoperability for successful practice, development of consortia for projects, and joint activities.

Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and 
        Access. (2007). [website]. Retrieved from

The Blue Ribbon Task Force was created n late 2007 funded by the National Science Foundation     and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
in partnership with the Library of Congress.  The task force is made 
up of a number of members of Universities, Corporations, and 
Independent Consultants that hold reputable fields across the United 
States. They are dedicated to the underlying potential of the 
Information Age and its paradigm – shifting access to digital 
information is the assumption that key information will be there when 
we want it, where we want it, and for the foreseeable future. In their 
website they supply a number of publications, articles, conferences, 
symposiums and newsletters dedicated to the research and efforts of Sustainability and Preservations for the future of Digital Libraries. This Task Force and website is important because it has oodles of valuable and viable up to date information for individuals who are working in the Digital Field.

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). (2010). [website]. 
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CLIR is a nonprofit organization that works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come. In partnership with other institutions, they help create services that expand the concept of "library" and supports the providers and preservers of information. They strive to foster new approaches to the management of digital and nondigital information resources so that they will be available in the future. As part of their partnership they also oversee the Digital Library Federation which is a consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL). (2010). [website]. Retrieved 

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is based in Chicago and offers a referral and consultation service for institutions looking to explore Digital Preservation.  They gather information and report on digital repositories that preserve source materials of interest.

Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries (DELOS). (2004).

        The main objective of the DELOS is to contribute to the development of the enabling technologies so that its vision of digital libraries may become a reality.  They also aim at disseminating knowledge of digital library technologies to many diverse application domains.  This network can provide specific user communities with access to advanced digital library technologies, services, testbeds, and the
necessary expertise and knowledge.  This Commission is a support system for digital libraries to find information.  It also has its own open digital library. 

Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). (2009).[website]. Retrieved from 

The Digital Preservation Coalition was established in 2001 to address the urgent challenges of securing the preservation of digital resources in the UK and to work with others internationally to secure our global digital memory and knowledge base. This website provides advice, advocacy, publications, training, events, and news.  Their mission is to “enable and act as a catalyst to support its members to ensure long term access to and management of their digital assets; to collaborate with our nations and international partners to take forward the digital preservation and asset management agenda; and to act as a broker and an agent of knowledge transfer amongst its membership.” They identify five areas of work:  Leadership, influencing and collaboration; sharing and disseminating knowledge; This Coalition website is important because it enriches its members’ experience; empowering and developing  members’ workforce; and assuring preservation and sustainability

Digital Preservation Europe (DPE). (2010). [website]. Retrieved from 


Digital Preservation Europe (DPE) is a European collaboration that recognizes that digital memory needs constant management, using new techniques and processes, to contain such risks as technological obsolescence. They also recognize that digital 
preservation is too big an issue for individual institutions or even 
sectors to address independently. They attempt to foster 
collaboration and synergies between many existing national 
initiatives across the European Research Area and they stress the 
need to improve coordination, cooperation and consistency in current preservation of digital materials.

Cornell University Library. Inter-university Consortium for Political and 
        SocialResearch (ICPSR). (2007). [website]. Retrieved from  

The Cornell University created Inter-university Consortium for Political 
and Social Research (ICPSR).  It is an international consortium of 
about 700 academic institutions and research organizations.  ICPSR 
provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and 
methods of analysis for the social science and research community.  
The ICPSR also maintains a data archive and hosts sixteen specialized collection.  The website provides annual reports, guidelines on data, conferences and fairs, and featured libraries.  This consortium is important if an academic library or institution is looking for resources, support, and training.

The videos posted below are from Digital Preservation Europe.