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NIU joins National Digital Stewardship Alliance

July 8, 2013

Founders Memorial LibraryThe University Libraries is the newest member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), an initiative of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program division of the Library of Congress.

Founded in 2010, the NDSA is a consortium of  more than 145 member institutions committed to the long-term preservation and stewardship of digital information. NDSA member institutions come from all sectors and include universities, consortia, professional societies, commercial business, professional associations and government agencies at the federal, state and local levels.

Among the Alliance members are the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Coalition for Networked Information, Cornell University Library, the Digital Public Library of America, Harvard University, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution and Stanford University.

The decision to apply for membership in this visionary organization was partially driven by the increasing visibility of the Libraries’ digital POWRR (Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources) project. This multi-year project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

POWRR logoStacey Erdman, University Libraries’ digital collections curator, and Jaime Schumacher, project director for the Digital POWRR grant, will serve on working groups with other members of the alliance.

The efforts of the POWRR team have been recognized by the Library of Congress and its early deliverables are being rapidly embraced by the preservation community. Indeed, the recent release of POWRR’s Digital Preservation Tool Grid has generated international interest and is cited as a digital preservation resource in a recent OCLC research report.

For more information, contact any of these team members:

  • Lynne Thomas, co-principal investigator
  • Drew VandeCreek, co-principal investigator
  • Jaime Schumacher, project director
  • Stacey Erdman, technical coordinator
  • Nathan Books, developer
  • Sarah Fraser, graduate assistant