Text of DPN Digital Preservation Network. Digital Preservation
DPN Digital Preservation Network
The scholarship that is being produced today, both print and digital, is at serious risk of being lost forever to future generations.
The good news is the academy can fix it.
Lessons learned from the Space Shuttle
Create a federated Digital Preservation Network (DPN) to ensure that the objects and meta-data of research and scholarship are replicated and preserved across diverse: - software architectures - organizations - geographic regions - political environments (after first launching within U.S.) Ensure longevity by building a framework that can scale and evolve over time, formats, and organizations.
DPN is not a software project. It is an ecosystem that is designed to evolve to address new forms of scholarship (public sharing of ideas/data/artistic expression), changing formats and the evolution of software and technology platforms. DPN is a federation, not a super organization. It should be loosely coupled with the replicating and contributing nodes.
DPN will: create a forum that provides benefit to local preservation efforts; provide a framework for rationalizing investments in preservation efforts; start with books and other formats we understand and evolve to include new forms of scholarship and data as centers of excellence emerge; create a framework against which the academy can retool publication workflows for a digital world; provide a way of planning campus-based cyberinfrastructure (e.g., network, computation, and transient storage needs) so that it efficiently feeds preservation efforts