UPDATE: Joint Statement from Collaborating Digital Preservation Organizations

April 13, 2018

The Academic Preservation Trust is a charter member of a new and growing collaboration of higher-education and non-profit entities dedicated to digital preservation.  We have pledged to emphasize what unites us and to actively seek ways that, by coordinating our efforts across the communities that we serve, can accelerate progress in preserving digital content at scales that will make a real difference.  Below, in three languages, is a draft of our first product–a joint statement highlighting our commonly-held values.  Given the breadth of our hopes in forming this collaboration, the joint statement below is just the starting point.

[UPDATE April 13, 2018.  NOTE: The original post of this topic was on December 11. 2017] After a comment period through March 2018, a subgroup of the original drafting team has generated draft 2.0, which appears first below. This draft is now subject to review by the full drafting team before designation as the next official version. Once that step is complete, efforts will begin for translation.  The current definitive version of the document is here: https://duraspace.org/digital-preservation-declaration-of-shared-values-comments-and-interest-welcome/

JOINT STATEMENT VERSION 2.0

Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values\r\n\r\n

April 12, 2018

Issued by representatives of Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, CLOCKSS, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Digital Preservation Network (DPN), DuraSpace, Educopia/MetaArchive Cooperative, Stanford University – LOCKSS, Texas Digital Library (TDL), Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies, and actions that ensure access to digital content over time.[Footnote 1] Digital preservation is essential to the cumulative record of human activity and memory.

We are a group of collaborating organizations united in our commitment to preserve the cultural, intellectual, scientific and academic record for current and future generations. We believe that preservation should be sustainable, affordable, practical, and available to all. We believe we can accomplish these goals better together rather than separately. We provide services for the cultural heritage, research, and academic communities, and all kinds of scholars.

We embrace participation from communities reflective of the full range of human experience and strive to preserve the histories, cultures, experiences and perspectives of people of different genders, races, ethnicities, spiritual choices, sexual orientation or identity, physical or mental abilities and places of origins.

The mission of our shared work is rooted in a set of core values. These core values inform and  direct our collective work:

Purpose of the Declaration of Shared Values
Values and professional ethics are at the core of our work and guide our practices.

This declaration of shared values accomplishes the following:

The declaration of shared values does not specify which values, principles, and standards are most important and ought to outweigh others in instances when they conflict. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist among our community. We will work together to resolve those conflicts in ways that support and promote our common goal.

Our work and thinking will evolve over time. We will strive to include stakeholders from all over the world and we invite those interested to join us in working together to preserve the collective human record. [Updated information follows here] Contact our group using this form at https://goo.gl/forms/EhpUUhxUFKROVLnF2 to ask questions and/or participate.

Footnote 1: Short Definition of Digital Preservation by the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, a Division of the American Library Association, http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/preserv/defdigpres0408

Joint Statement Version 1.0

The digital preservation landscape is one of a multitude of choices that vary widely in terms of purpose, scale, cost, and complexity.  Over the past year a group of collaborating organizations united in the commitment to digital preservation came together to explore how we can better communicate with each other and assist members of the wider community as they negotiate this complicated landscape.

As an initial effort, the group drafted a Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values that is now being released for community comment. The text of the draft is below, and the live-working copy of the document is available here and open for your comments and suggestions.  The comment period will be open until March 1st. In addition, we welcome suggestions from the community for next steps that would be beneficial as we work together. [Updated information follows here] Contact our group using this form at https://goo.gl/forms/EhpUUhxUFKROVLnF2 to ask questions and/or participate. We also welcome volunteer efforts to translate this declaration into additional languages.

Public Release (English)

December 11, 2017

Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values

Issued by representatives of Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, CLOCKSS, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Digital Preservation Network (DPN), DuraSpace, Educopia/MetaArchive Cooperative, Stanford University – LOCKSS, Texas Digital Library (TDL), Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies, and actions that ensure access to digital content over time. When successful, digital preservation results in a cumulative record of human action and memory.

We are a group of collaborating organizations united in our commitment to preserve the cultural, intellectual, scientific and academic record for current and future generations. We believe that preservation should be sustainable, affordable, practical, and available to all. We provide services for the cultural heritage, research, and academic communities, and all kinds of scholars.

The mission of our shared work is rooted in a set of core values. These core values inform and  direct our collective work:

Purpose of the Declaration of Shared Values

Values and professional ethics are at the core of our work and guide our practices.

This declaration accomplishes the following:

Further, the declaration of shared values does not specify which values, principles, and standards are most important and ought to outweigh others in instances when they conflict. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist among our community. We will work together to resolve those conflicts in ways that support and promote our common goal.

Our work and thinking will evolve over time. We will strive to include stakeholders from all over the world and we invite those interested to join us in working together to preserve the collective human record. Contact our group using this form [updated information] at https://goo.gl/forms/EhpUUhxUFKROVLnF2 to ask questions and/or participate.

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