January 17, 2022

New Article: “The Case for Building a Digital Preservation Network”

Here’s a new article (more than 3300 words) from EDUCAUSE Review. It was co-authored by library leaders from U. of Michigan, Stanford, and the University of California, San Diego.


The Case for Building a Digital Preservation Network


James L. Hilton
Dean of Libraries, Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives, University of Michigan
Professor of Information in the School of Information, University of Michigan

Tom Cramer
Chief Technology Strategist Associate Director, Stanford University Libraries

Sebastien Korner
Senior Systems Programmer at the University of Michigan Library

David Minor
Head of Digital Preservation Initiatives and Chronopolis Program Manager, UC San Diego Library.


EDUCAUSE Review Online
August 5, 2013

From the Article:

Currently in its start-up phase, DPN [Digital Preservation Network] is building a digital preservation backbone that connects five existing (or soon to exist, in the case of APTrust) preservation-oriented repositories: the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, HathiTrust, Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), and the University of Texas Digital Repository (UTDR). Collectively, these five are known as the DPN nodes. The five nodes are located in different parts of the United States, and each brings with it a distinct architecture, hardware platform, and organizational/financial structure.

By linking the repositories and developing frameworks around audit, transport, and intellectual property management, DPN will make it possible to create “dark” copies (i.e., no end-user access) of the content across the various nodes while maintaining high confidence in the integrity and retrievability of that content.


DPN is designed to preserve digital information for the academy by establishing a network of heterogeneous, interoperable, and trustworthy digital repositories (DPN nodes) to provide preservation services under a coordinated and diverse technical, service, and legal framework. DPN nodes will operate in a secure manner to protect the integrity of the processes, transport, and content that DPN holds. As such, the creation of DPN provides multiple benefits to society, the academy, and DPN members.

Read the Complete Article

See Also: Digital Preservation Network Video

DPN Animation from Steven Morales on Vimeo.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.